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Two Indian documentaries to screen at Sheffield Doc/Fest

By NewsDesk • Published on May 12, 2012

Still from Jai Bhim Comrade

Fire in the Blood by Dylan Mohan Gray and Jai Bhim Comrade by Anand Patwardhan will be screened at Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2012.

Fire in the Blood is an 84-minute documentary in English, Hindi, Manipuri and Xhosa.

Fire in the Blood examines the battle that a number of inspiring players – including the government of India – waged to level the playing field for AIDS sufferers. Success would mean overcoming the will of the powerful pharmaceutical industry, determined to maximise its profits at all cost. Interviews with campaigners, including Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu shed light on the aggressiveness of the drugs industry in preventing the distribution of readily available low-cost drugs, and the profoundly restricting patent laws which prevent countries from providing their own treatment.’ (from the festival’s official website)

‘A 14-year labour of will, Jai Bhim Comrade is an epic eye-opener for those who are unfamiliar with India’s severe caste discrimination.’

Sheffield Doc/Fest will be held from June 13-17, 2012 in Sheffield, UK. Started in 1994, it is one of the biggest international documentary festivals in the world.

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