Fire in the Blood
(84 min) India/South Africa/Uganda/USA
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Saturday 10/26, 5:15 PM (Session 29)

Director/Producer: Dylan Mohan Gray


Fire in the Blood takes a probing look at the geopolitics of medicine, with a particular focus on the human rights question of access to medicine in developing countries and the lengthy struggle to secure life-saving antiretroviral treatment for people with HIV/AIDS, mainly in Africa. Deaths in the developing world caused by denial of AIDS medicine are estimated at ten million and more – a toll, which has rightfully been termed, "a holocaust against the poor" and "the crime of the century." The story follows how western countries act on behalf of pharma giants, blocking access to low-cost antiretroviral drugs at the height of the AIDS disaster and how the remarkable efforts of people the world over breach this deadly blockade. Essentially unreported until now, Fire in the Blood was shot in eight countries on four continents, with contributors including such luminaries as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz. This documentary tells the intricate and improbable story of how unconnected people from different corners of the world came together to do what was widely held to be impossible – saving millions of lives.


Dylan Mohan Gray was born of Punjabi-Irish parentage and trained as a historian. He has worked in various capacities on feature films in over two dozen countries worldwide, in close collaboration with numerous acclaimed directors including Fatih Akin, Peter Greenaway, Paul Greengrass, Deepa Mehta and Mira Nair. Dylan completed university studies in history and film at Dartmouth College, as well as at the University of Vienna and the Budapest University of Economics. He holds graduate degrees in history from the Central European University and the University of the State of New York, with a research focus on historiography and geographic dimensions of identity. He was also a resident in film at Canada's renowned Banff Centre for the Arts, and has a special interest in political stories with significant international and historical components, often involving complex ethical conflicts. Dylan Mohan Gray founded the production company Sparkwater India in 2005. He lives and works in Mumbai (Bombay) and Fire in the Blood is his first feature-length film as writer/director.

Contact Information:

Sparkwater India, Dartmouth Films

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