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A shocking exposé of how pharmaceutical companies use patent law to keep profits high even at the expense of peoples' lives, and a plea for universal access to affordable, life-saving generic medicines. An intricate tale of "medicine, monopoly and malice," FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to affordable AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996—causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths. It is an inspiring story of the improbable group of people who decided to fight back. Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and economist Joseph Stiglitz, FIRE IN THE BLOOD is the never-before-told true story of a coalition coming together to stop "the Crime of the Century" and save millions of lives.
This virtuous stance is not unusual for issue-based documentaries, but a film with such illuminating content deserves a more artful vehicle for its moving message.Miriam Bale, New York Times, 09.05.2013
A basically constructed but rivetingly researched examination of the global fight for affordable antiretroviral therapy against Western pharamaceutical companies.Guy Lodge, Variety, 09.03.2013
A provocative wakeup call that presents vital evidence in the ongoing global healthcare debate.David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, 09.03.2013
The film's sources maintain impressive composure in relating the repeated obstructions, sophistries, and obfuscations they faced, but their frustration is palpable.Daphne Howland, Village Voice, 09.03.2013