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Dylan Mohan Gray

Fire in the Blood

by Dylan Mohan Gray

Fire in the Blood

Dylan Mohan Gray

5 min
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Feature-length documentary Fire in the Blood recounts the fight against American pharmaceutical companies to increase the availability of HIV/AIDS medication in developing countries.

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Fire in the Blood

by Dylan Mohan Gray

Fire in the Blood

Dylan Mohan Gray

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Life-saving medicines to treat HIV/AIDS arrived significantly later in developing countries than in the West. In Fire in the Blood, award-winning documentary filmmaker Dylan Mohan Gray recounts the journey to increased availability of these drugs for poorer countries in Africa and Asia. At the heart of this arduous process was a fight against the pharmaceutical behemoths who had a monopoly on HIV/AIDS medicines. The extortionate prices set by these corporations made life-saving medication completely unaffordable to developing countries.

By examining the U.S. patent system, Mohan Gray showcases how pharmaceutical companies were able to generate enormous profits while low-income individuals in developing countries were dying. Mohan Gray provides a compelling analysis of how global health advocates ended these patent protections and turned the tide on AIDS treatment in developing countries.

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"People are dying and the medicines are in my briefcase."

Bill Haddad, journalist, activist, and advisor to President Kennedy

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