Fire in the Blood, directed by Dylan Mohan Gray, has won the Best Political Film of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, an award instituted at the Filmfest Hamburg for the first time this year. The festival was held from September 26-October 5 in Germany.
Twelve films aspiring to provide a political message competed for the prize money of 5,000 Euros.
Famous Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin, a native of Hamburg, accepted the award on behalf of Dylan Mohan Gray.
The films nominated in this category were: 74 -The Reconstitution of a Struggle (Lebanon), Against the Grain (USA, Pakistan), The Edge of the World (France), Fire in the Blood (India), The Human Scale (Denmark), Imbabazi – The Pardon (Rwanda), Lampedusa auf St. Pauli (Germany), Looking for North Koreans (France), Manuscripts don’t burn (Iran), Once I Entered Garden (Switzerland, France, Israel), They are the Dogs (Morocco) and Vers Madrid (France, Spain).
Fire in the Blood tells the story of how in the late 1990s and early 2000s, western governments and pharmaceutical companies blocked low-cost anti retro-viral drugs from reaching AIDS stricken Africa–causing 10 million or more unnecessary deaths–and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.
The film has had an immensely successful festival run and won the 2013 DOXA Feature Documentary Award at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver and Justice Matters Award at the 27th Washington DC International Film Festival 2013.
Fire in the Blood will hit theatres in India on October 11, 2013.
Read: Interview: Dylan Mohan Gray, Director of Fire in the Blood