Indian documentary takes on Western drugmakers
MUMBAI (AFP) - The director of an award-winning documentary on the battle over the patenting of AIDS drugs says he wanted to highlight a "scam" responsible for the deaths of millions in the developing world.
"Fire in the Blood", which opens in India on Friday, looks at the deaths of millions in Africa and developing nations elsewhere in the late 1990s, when the monopolies and pricing practices of Western pharmaceutical companies denied patients access to low-cost AIDS drugs.
Indian-Irish director Dylan Mohan Gray, who is based in Mumbai, describes his film as "a political story about a scam and a crime".
"For me, it's not about the pharmaceutical industry or AIDS. It's about a scam of world-historic proportions," he told AFP.