“In 1996, the development of antiretroviral drug therapies may not have cured AIDS, but the breakthrough made the disease treatable—if patients could afford the hefty price tag. For millions in the developing world, the cost kept essential medicines out of reach and meant they would continue to die. Hope came in the form of low-cost generic drugs manufactured in India and elsewhere, but pharmaceutical companies—favoring patents over patients and profits over the prevention of unnecessary deaths—threatened legal action against any company that dared circumvent their control of the market. The struggle to overcome this inconceivably greedy blockade—with literally life-or-death stakes—is at the heart of Dylan Mohan Gray’s absorbing documentary. Gray uses the response to the AIDS crisis in Africa to reveal the power of the drug companies and the impact of their lobby on the federal government. The implications of their ability to effectively deny critical treatment based on economic inequities are more far-reaching than any single disease.”—Sundance Film Festival.
Co-sponsored by the Portland Area Global AIDS Coalition, Oregon Health & Science University, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP), and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). On Friday, join us for a post-film panel discussion with Peter Parisot, CAP; James Love, Knowledge Ecology International; and James J. Peck, MSF. On Sunday, join us for a post-film discussion with Liesl Messerschmidt, Health and Development Consulting International.