This week, an independently made documentary called Fire in the Blood gets a limited release across the country. Directed by Irish-Indian Mumbai based filmmaker Dylan Mohan Gray, this non-fiction film is structured like a political and crime thriller which shows how large American pharma companies blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs in Africa and the global south in the late 1990s leading to more than 10 million deaths.
With interviews with Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton and a narration by William Hurt, the film goes on to spotlight those people who fought back. Fire in the Blood was the first Indian film ever to be selected for the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Even as The Lunch Box team engaged in a graceless public battle with The Good Road in missing out on an official entry from India, Gray’s docu is hotly being tipped for an Oscar look-in. Gray is a historian who assisted Fatih Akin, Peter Greenaway, Paul Greengrass, Deepa Mehta, and Mira Nair before embarking on an independent career.
– Udita Jhunjhunwala