Indian film FIRE IN THE BLOOD by Dylan Mohan Gray at Sundance 2013
Thursday, November 29, 2012 12:45:44 PM (IST)
Rajesh Kumar Singh, Bollywood Trade Editorial
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival line up includes just one film made by an Indian in the films announced thus far. FIRE IN THE BLOOD directed by Dylan Mohan Gray a trained historian and filmmaker and a citizen of Canada and India, now settled in Mumbai. The film will have its North American premiere in World Cinema Documentary Section.
Interestingly, the feature length documentary had its world premiere at MAMI’s Mumbai Film Festival in 2011 in its Real Reel section. Dylan Mohan Gray has worked as an assistant with filmmakers like Fatih Akin, Paul Greengrass, Peter Greenaway, Deepa Mehta, and Mira Nair. The film is about how in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Western governments and pharmaceutical companies blocked low-cost antiretroviral drugs from reaching AIDS-stricken Africa, causing 10 million or more unnecessary deaths. It examines the battle that a number of inspiring players – including the government of India - waged to level the playing field for AIDs sufferers. Success would mean overcoming the will of the powerful pharmaceutical industry, determined to maximise its profits at all cost. Interviews with campaigners, including Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu, shed light on the aggressiveness of the drugs industry in preventing the distribution of readily available low-cost drugs, and the profoundly restricting patent laws, which prevent countries from providing their own treatment.
(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)
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