Fire in the Blood

REVIEWS

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"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

 

“quietly devastating... a testament to human decency and a damning indictment of laissez-faire capitalism.”

Philip French, THE OBSERVER/THE GUARDIAN

 

"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

 

“A film to provoke fury... 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 that they could maximise their profits -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

David Parkinson, EMPIRE

 

“Brilliant... a real-life David and Goliath story... an amazing documentary and a story that really needed to be told”

Zoe Ball, BBC RADIO

 

"indispensable viewing... extremely moving... a powerful documentary that demands to be seen by as wide an audience as possible"   "This is a shocking account of international trade terrorism sanctioned by Western governments."

David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 

"incisive and damning... the film is utterly absorbing and impossible to forget -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

Jeremy Aspinall, BBC RADIO TIMES

 

"an emotional rollercoaster... there are moments of great triumph, humanity, hope, sadness, disgust and disbelief. There are very real heroes and villains. [...] Watch the film if and when you can -- ★★★★1/2 (4.5 stars out of 5)"

Mark Bell, FILM THREAT

 

"Fire in the Blood has provided proof that yes, a film can change the world.  If you haven't seen this film yet, you really should."

Robert Leane, THE HUFFINGTON POST

 

"Fiercely committed…. The film strikes the right balance of outrage, hopefulness and despair, compellingly arguing the case that a profit-driven, racially motivated collusion exists between Big Pharma and the U.S. government. [...] An imperative exposé."

Andrew Schenker, TIMEOUT NEW YORK

 

“makes its case with cold, irrefutable logic...only an unthinking monster could leave the cinema unmoved and unenlightened -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

Donald Clarke, THE IRISH TIMES

 

"[This] impassioned, persuasive film won't have trouble spreading its essential message across the fest circuit and beyond... rivetingly researched [and] with wholly universal appeal"

Guy Lodge, VARIETY

 

"Fire in the Blood quite simply makes for stark, sobering, moving and ultimately shocking viewing."  "Dylan Mohan Gray's impressive film... hits all the right notes - intellectually and emotionally"

Mark Adams, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

 

“authoritative... the film makes a damning case -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

Edward Porter, THE SUNDAY TIMES


”insightful and quietly angry  -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

Alistair Harkness, THE SCOTSMAN

 

"Fire in the Blood is must-see viewing for anyone who cares about justice and equality... GO SEE THIS FILM!"

Liz Ferguson, THE GAZETTE (Montréal)

 

righteously furious, meticulously compiled and impassionedly eloquent... a film of great intellectual and emotional integrity that achieves everything it sets out to do”

David Parkinson, OXFORD TIMES/OXFORD MAIL

 

"hard hitting... enlightening... essential"

Rosalie Tostevin, THE GUARDIAN

 

"Be prepared to be sad, angry and even outraged when you see this film… I could not help but feel my blood boil by the end of it."

Benedict Lam, THE PHARMACEUTICAL JOURNAL/ROYAL PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY

 

"hard-hitting... powerfully cinematic... a story vitally important for the world to remember—and learn from."

Geeta Anand, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

 

"powerful... unsettling... emotionally charged"

Rochelle Burgess, GLOBAL POLICY

 

"a blessing... full of conviction, passion and unanswerable argument”

JOHN LE CARRE

 

"a riveting documentary... dramatic, compelling, but most of all, wonderfully humane. I was enraged as I watched..."

STEPHEN LEWIS

 

“the one film that I’d put to the top of your must-see list is Fire in the Blood... you will be moved and enraged... a beautiful film to watch.”

Tom Roston, PBS DOC SOUP

 

"hard-hitting... systematically exposes how patents enabled Western pharma corporations to increase their profits while millions of people in the developing world lost their lives."   "A must see for the medical community, especially in India."

BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL (BMJ)

 

"a brilliant, inspiring David and Goliath story about the courageous fight for affordable AIDS drugs in Africa and the global south"

WASHINGTON BLADE


Fire in the Blood serves not only as a reminder of the crucial struggle for access to HIV drugs for millions of people in developing countries, but as a wake-up call for us all to keep resisting efforts by the pharmaceutical industry and some governments to cut off people’s lifelines to needed medicines.”

Dr. Gilles van Cutsem, Médecins Sans Frontières South Africa (MSF SA)

 

“when filmmaker Dylan Gray says Fire in the Blood is about one of the greatest crimes in human history, it's hard to disagree. [...] I promise you, this documentary will make you really, really angry, but it'll also give you hope [...] The facts of the story are astonishing, and the documentary is intelligent and thought-provoking”

Siji Jabbar, THIS IS AFRICA

 

"a powerful exposé… a David versus Goliath tale of how an unlikely coalition of people worldwide joined forces to fight against the patent monopolies of the world's biggest pharmaceutical conglomerates"

Stephanie Bartlett, THE LANCET

 

"I rarely weep at the cinema... but I did last night. [...] The courage and determination of those who reacted with their human moral impulse in a situation where others seemed to be able to disable theirs was presented by Dylan Mohan Gray in a way that rejected sentimentalism in favour of the simplicity of normal human emotion. I’m very grateful to have seen this important film and hope that many others will do so." ★★★★★ (5 stars)

Ray Thompson, BEST FOR FILM

 

“may make your blood boil, or even put fire in your blood  -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

Paddy Kehoe, RTE (Irish national broadcaster)

 

"a powerful, heartfelt and edifying debut offering from Dylan Mohan Gray -- ★★★★ (4 stars)"

Alastair McCready, CELLULOID HEROES

 

"incredibly special... one of the most important documentaries of the last 10 years -- ★★★★★ (5 stars)”

Lucy Cave, THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS

 

“shocking and substantial -- ★★★★” (4 stars)"

George Bass, TOTAL FILM

 

“an impassioned and informative account... likely to provoke a substantial reaction in anyone who sees it... it's not just a success, but a stirring tribute to the countless people who have lost their lives when such a fate was avoidable."

Ashley Clark, SIGHT &SOUND

 

"this documentary stirs the ire. [...] It beggars belief. It really does. -- ★★★★ (4 stars)"

Gavin Burke, ENTERTAINMENT IRELAND

 

"If there is one documentary that you watch at the beginning of 2013 then make sure that it is Fire in the Blood [...] incredibly captivating"  "This is such a wonderful movie from start to finish... an incredibly moving documentary that will hook you from the opening scenes to the closing credits."

Helen Earnshaw, FEMALE FIRST

 

“powerful... must-see viewing -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

Jonathan Deacon, FILMORIA

 

“forthright and shocking -- ★★★★ ½ (4.5 stars)”

Amber Wilkinson, EYE FOR FILM

 

“as a study in human greed this is shocking... it never loses sight of the individual suffering and courage which makes the story so significant.”

Trevor Johnston, TIMEOUT

 

“The fact that the press screening ended with a standing ovation is a testament to the effect it had on us as an audience. [...] a masterpiece of documentary film-making -- ★★★★★ (5 stars)”

Pearse Connery, HI! MAGAZINE

 

“an astonishingly strong and important debut film... essential viewing -- ★★★★★ (5 stars)”

Emma Cooper, THE UPCOMING

 

“an epic piece of work”

Shelley Marsden, FILMJUICE

 

“a spellbinding documentary -- ★★★★1/2 (4.5 stars)”

Halea Isabelle Kala, MOUTH LONDON

 

"Fire in the Blood is one of the most powerful, important and humane documentaries I have ever seen. It's the story of ordinary people standing up to unaccountable power. The struggle to save millions from the ravages of untreated HIV is revealed as a struggle against the new lords of the world, transnational corporations, their greed and lies. Genuine hope is rare these days -- you'll find it in this film."

John Pilger

 

“WHY are tales of corporate greed still so surprising? We should know better by now but Fire In The Blood still has the power to shock and outrage. -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

Allan Hunter, DAILY EXPRESS

 

“fascinating yet frightening... I defy anyone who watches it not to be touched by the power of the human spirit -- 9/10”

Neil White, EVERY FILM

 

“brilliant and fascinating... would make a great Hollywood blockbusting thriller”

Dan Carrier, CAMDEN REVIEW

 

Fire in the Blood is one of the clearest political arguments I've seen in a long time, but thankfully it works as a piece of cinema too. … beautiful... ★★★★★ (5 stars)”

LONDON CITY NIGHTS

 

"affecting, controversial subject matter... shocking, informative and moving"

SHORTLIST

 

“so important and so powerful that you forget for a moment that you are watching this on your screen… affecting on so many levels… beautifully compiled...  the audience [is] gripped from the opening minutes until the very end. -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

Oliver Charles, FRONT ROW REVIEWS

 

“bound to promote fury among many viewers who'll barely be able to believe the story”  “A powerful look at a terrible injustice -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

Tim Isaac, MOVIE MUSER

 

“hugely important”

Tony Gilchrist, SCREENJABBER

 

“powerful and sobering -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

Debbie Sims, LOST IN THE MULTIPLEX

 

"a film that will stop you dead in your tracks... simply essential -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

Nia Childs, FAN CARPET

 

“Fire In The Blood will fuel anger in your veins”

Ann Lee, METRO

 

“a roaring success... Engrossing and important Fire in the Blood needs to be seen by as many people as possible -- ★★★★★ (5 stars)”

Tim Brandon, MILD CONCERN

 

“startling”

Rebecca Ellis, LITTLE WHITE LIES

 

“powerful and interesting"

Derek Parkinson, CLOSE-UP FILM

 

“it shocks, it informs, it provokes and it grips... Fire in the Blood burrows deep – and sets your blood boiling. Go see it -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

Ivan Radford, I-FLICKS

 

“powerful and shocking... a film which will provoke fury and dismay.”

Maria Duarte, MORNING STAR

 

“a phenomenally fascinating tale... The documentary is a credit to everyone involved on any level..  it’s about all of us, everywhere, now. -- 10/10”

Steve Clarke, FLUSH MAGAZINE

 

“Gray's justifiably hard-hitting documentary unscrews the cap on a very modern scandal -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

THE HERALD (Scotland)

 

“needs to be told again and again. And Gray does so with furious zeal. -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

Derek Malcolm, EVENING STANDARD


“a compelling and provocative piece of filmmaking -- ★★★★ (4 stars)”

Paul Risker, FLICKERING MYTH


”An unbelievable and shocking tale... powerful and anger-inducing”

Kevin Knapman, FILM PILGRIM

 

“a moving and intense historical documentary”

CONTACTMUSIC

 

“wonderfully moving and powerful... Fire in the Blood is absolutely essential viewing. 9/10”

Chris Bell, SUBBA-CULTCHA

 

"An essential watch"

Naila Scargill, TREBUCHET MAGAZINE

 

"a story of hope and a long overdue victory in a struggle for equality and basic human rights"

Alexandra Zeevalkink, DOCGEEKS

 

"I could write a thousand words about the plot, detailing every interview; however the strength of the film is the experience of it. [...] This is documentary film making as it is supposed to be done."

EXPOSED MAGAZINE

"an astounding documentary … the presentation of the horrific abuse of power at the cost of human life is truly brilliant. … Moving and unrelenting, Fire in the Blood offers an engaging and inspiring tale that will shock, stun and at times warm your heart."

Vicky Hinault, MOVIE EMPORIUM

 

"a truly shocking documentary... powerful... demands the attention from as many people as possible"

VIRGIN MEDIA


“extraordinary... a documentary that’s made like a crime thriller” ‎"Fire in the Blood is in the great tradition of powerful documentary films that challenge globalised corporate culture"

Samira Ahmed, BBC WORLD “THE STRAND”

 

"the film is exceptionally impactful... heart-rending... a suspense drama"

Karin Badt, THE HUFFINGTON POST (US)

 

"This is what documentary is all about, passion, resistance, a voice for the voiceless. It is a keen analysis on corporate greed and the ravages of unfettered capitalism. Yet there is balance, a true sign of a great documentary. ★★★★ "

Jonathan Glen, FRONT ROW REVIEWS

 

"Devastating"  *DVD Highlight of the Week*

THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

 

"Brilliantly constructed… Fire in the Blood angers and inspires in equal measure, but it's also careful to keep its argument organised and rational, debunking and meeting head-on the arguments and the advertising campaigns used by the pharmaceutical industry to discredit its critics and maintain the status quo. Fantastic… ★★★★★ "

John Bleasdale, CINEVUE

 

"Affecting, exactingly researched breakdown of the fight for affordable Aids medication in developing countries in the face of corporate pharmaceutical obstruction. It's an angry-making extension of themes less globally explored in the recent Dallas Buyers Club."

Guy Lodge, "Guy Lodge's DVD and Downloads", THE GUARDIAN/THE OBSERVER

 

"Probably the most enraging of the HIV/AIDS documentaries and one of the most important ever made... A blood boiling, deeply researched masterwork"

"4 Essential HIV/AIDS & Human Rights Documentaries You Must See Before You Die!", THE LOWDOWNUNDER (Australia)

 

"Chilling... This movie tells an even bleaker—and more necessary—story about the AIDS crisis in the Third World than the one you think you know..."

Kate Drabinski, BALTIMORE CITY PAPER

 

"★★★★ Enraging… this crisply shot doc globe-trots adroitly, from Uganda to South Africa to India and onwards, tracing a growing network of frustration, protest and utterly preventable deaths.

Capitalist ideology trumps human lives in this sick fable of multinational economic racism, with its all-too-real echoes of John Le Carré’s The Constant Gardener."

VUE WEEKLY (Edmonton)

 

"devastating… will certainly become an impassioned talking point for this year’s festival-goers."

Malory Beazley, THE MAIN (Montréal)

 

"I saw a truly beautiful documentary from India in the international competition, Fire in the Blood by Mumbai-based director Dylan Mohan Gray... courageous and damning... an absolute must-see film, a Shock Doctrine of medicine."

Francesca Rossi, LA STAMPA (Turin)

 

"One of the few films I can say is unmissable. And once watched, unforgettable."

Nupu Press, DHAKA TRIBUNE

 


 

AWARD CITATIONS:


"Fire in the Blood is truly outstanding.  The real story of the struggle to make HIV and AIDS drugs available and affordable for the world's poor, is nothing like the headlines we've read.  It is both a heart-breaking and a heart-warming story all in the same film and it is elevated by exceptional access to captivating moments of deep humanity and emotion.

In exploring the macrocosm of big industry and the microcosm of individual people Fire in the Blood makes clear that we are all responsible for this crisis and there is something we can do to influence change. […] The fight continues, not just for AIDS but for all diseases - watch this film!"

2013 DOXA FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARD jury citation (full citation here), DOXA Vancouver

 

 

"This critically important film demonstrates that the struggle to bring affordable life-saving medicines to those in desperate need is an ongoing fight.  It emphasizes that the countries of the Global South are helping each other.  The filmmaker brings the story home with interviews that cut across the boundaries of race, class and nationality.

Ultimately the film raises the real questions of the value of life and compassion versus the marketplace.  These questions are framed in terms of HIV/AIDS and the developing world, but they are the questions that should face all of us everywhere."

2013 JUSTICE MATTERS AWARD jury citation, 27th Washington DC International Film Festival

 

 

“This film is about AIDS in developing countries and the fight for affordable medicine. The western pharmaceutical industry prevents the manufacture of generic (affordable non-brand name) drugs and decides who may live and who must die. The omnipotence of the industrial associations (in this case the WTO - World Trade Organisation) is very well researched and made appallingly clear. A film that serves as a call to arms.”

Excerpt from the inaugural FRIEDRICH-EBERT-STIFTUNG PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FILM jury citation, Filmfest Hamburg 2013

 

 

"An amazing feat for a first-time filmmaker who organises well-researched and compelling evidence to expose how the corporate world of pharma is complicit in the genocidal murder of those who are priced out of existence. Its direct approach builds an argument that is not only striking, revealing and outrageous, but simply necessary. The jury wishes to add that had this not been a first-time film, we would have still found a way to award it."

2014 DADASAHEB PHALKE CHITRANAGARI AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT FILM jury citation, Mumbai International Film Festival

 

 


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