3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21224
Director: Dylan Mohan Gray
India, 2013, 87 mins.
Part of our 3rd Annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival May 29-June 1
An intricate tale of "medicine, monopoly and malice," this film 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 10 million or more unnecessary deaths. It is also the 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 President Bill Clinton, Bishop Desmond Tutu and economist Joseph Stiglitz, this film is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop 'the Corporate Crime of the Century' and save millions of lives. As the film makes clear, this story is by no means over. With dramatic past victories having given way to serious setbacks engineered far from public view, the real fight for access to life-saving medicine is really just beginning. Tonia Poteat has been involved in the fight against AIDS since 1989 when she first volunteered with an AIDS service organization in New Haven. In 1996, she completed Emory University’s Physician Assistant program and began providing medical care for people living with HIV. She is certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine as an HIV Specialist and holds a PhD in International Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She has provided technical support to HIV programs in Africa since 2004 and currently works with the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator as the Senior Advisor on Key Populations. She will be introducing Fire in the Blood and will be available for a Q&A afterwards.
"An urgent and shameful topic: the millions of Africans with AIDS who have died because they couldn't afford the antiretroviral drugs that could have saved their lives" - The New York Times
"Exquisite and unsparing... Fire in the Blood is artful in nearly every frame, perhaps so we don't avert our eyes." - Daphne Howland, The Village Voice and LA Weekly
"PICK OF THE WEEK - A devastating new film explores the lies, greed and indifference that killed millions in Africa" "Essential... shattering... eye-opening and often chilling" - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
"A shocking documentary about how big Western pharmaceutical companies blocked access to low-cost anti-AIDS drugs, causing a holocaust of 10 million deaths. Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton and many brave activists speak out... CRITIC'S CHOICE - ★★★★ (4 stars)", Kate Muir, The Times
World Documentary - Sundance Film Festival, January 2013, Grand Jury Prize nominated
One World Media Award (UK), Documentary (Shortlisted), February 2013
WINNER - Justice Matters Award-27th Washington DC International Film Festival, April 2013
WINNER-DOXA Feature Documentary Award (main prize) - 2013 DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, May 2013 Grierson Awards (Grierson British Documentary Awards), Best Cinema Documentary (Shortlisted), July 2013
WINNER-2013 Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Prize for Political Film, Filmfest Hamburg, October 2013
Project Re: We work in the community offering on the spot HIV testing, Linkage to care, Access to local services, General Health & Well-being, and as a resource for Gay, Same Gender Loving Men, Other Men who have sex with men, & Transgender people of color.