Fire In The Blood Review

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A documentary exploring big pharma's checkered record on HIV treatment in the developing world.


A film to provoke fury, here is a tribute to the unlikely alliance of activists, doctors and high-profile supporters like Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu. Together they challenged patent laws in order to force the pharmaceutical industry into making life-saving anti-retroviral drugs available at affordable prices to the developing world’s impoverished HIV victims. The courage of the campaigners is laudable. But it’s the arrogance and greed of the drug tycoons that leaves a lingering impression, as they conspired to allow ten million to die simply so they could maximise their profits.

Angry, impassionate filmmaking that demands - and deserves - serious answers.