FIRE IN THE BLOOD
An intricate tale of medicine, monopoly and malice.
ArtsEmerson || The Bright Family Screening Room at The Paramount Center
Friday, January 31st, 7pm
The Bright Family Screening Room at The Paramount Center
559 Washington Street, Boston
Screening + Q&A Discussion with:
· Brook Baker – Senior Policy Analyst Health GAP; Alternate NGOs Board Member UNITAID; Human Rights and the Global Economy Affiliate Professor at Northeastern U. School of Law
· Suerie Moon – Board Member of Doctors Without Borders (MSF); Co-Director of the Project on Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard-Kennedy School for Business
· Marguerite Thorp Basilico – Policy Analyst at Health GAP, member of ACT UP Boston, member of the AMSA AIDS Advocacy Network, Gerald Foster Scholar at Harvard Medical School
**Other Boston screenings over the weekend: 1/31-2/2**
Directed by Dylan Mohan Gray
★★★★ – CRITIC’S CHOICE
– THE TIMES OF LONDON
“Fiercely committed. Compellingly argued. An imperative exposé.” – Andrew Schenker, TIME OUT, NY
“Urgent topic. Illuminating content. Moving message.” – Miriam Bale, NEW YORK TIMES
“Powerful. Extremely moving. A shocking account of international trade terrorism.” – David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Featuring: Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, James Love, Zackie Achmat, Peter Mugyenyi, Yusuf Hamied, Edwin Cameron, Eric Goemaere, Joseph Stiglitz, Noor Jehan Majid, Denis Broun, Suniti Solomon, Nomvuselolo Kalolo and others.
A shocking exposé of how pharmaceutical companies use patent law to keep profits unconscionably high even at the expense of peoples’ lives, and a plea for universal access to affordable, life-saving generic medicines. An intricate tale of “medicine, monopoly and malice”, FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to affordable AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths. It is also the inspiring story of the improbable group of people who decided to fight back. Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as President Bill Clinton, Bishop Desmond Tutu and economist Joseph Stiglitz, FIRE IN THE BLOOD is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop ‘the Crime of the Century’ and save millions of lives.
· Professor Brook Baker is a law professor at Northeastern University and an honorary research fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natl in Durban South Africa. Professor Baker is a policy analyst for Health GAP (Global Access Project) and is actively engaged in campaigns for universal access to treatment, prevention, and care for people living with HIV/AIDS, especially expanded and improved medical treatment. He has written and consulted extensively on intellectual property rights, trade, and access to medicines, including with the African Union, ASEAN, Venezuela, CARICOM, Thailand, UK DfID, the World Health Organization, the Millennium Development Goals Project, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Open Society Institute, UNDP, UNITAID, the Medicines Patent Pool, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, and others. He also serves as an NGOs delegation alternate board member for UNITAID.
· Dr. Moon’s work focuses on the intersection of global governance and public health. Her recent research has examined the trade and investment regimes, intellectual property rules, policies to enhance innovation & access to medicines in low- and middle-income countries, global health financing, and the functioning of the global health system.
· Marguerite Basilico is a second-year student at Harvard Medical School, a member of ACT UP Boston, and a member of the American Medical Student Association’s AIDS Advocacy Network. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Social Studies, writing her senior thesis on community advocacy and health access in Malawi. She was a Truman Scholar and is currently a Gerald Foster Scholar at HMS. Marguerite also works with Health GAP (Global Access Project) as a policy analyst and formerly worked for the Student Global AIDS Campaign and Partners In Health.
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