A reflection of reality

A reflection of reality

Many film-buffs attended the screening of a thought-provoking film titled ‘Fire in the Blood’ at the Alliance Francaise recently. 

They also got to meet the outgoing international president of ‘Medecines Sans Frontieres’ (Doctors Without Borders), Dr Unni Karunakara, at a question and answer session after the screening. 

Unni is on a bike tour across India to speak about the work done by him and the organisation. 

During the tour, which covers 5,000 km, he will be stopping at 65 places, speaking at ten medical colleges and attend ten film screenings hosted by the Alliance Francaise across the country. 

“Around 25 years ago, I wanted to cycle from Delhi to Leh and Srinagar to Delhi. I love to cycle and always wanted to come down South but had not been able to do so. 

So I’m trying to complete that trip. I am fulfilling my dream and combining it with my other passion, which is to connect with people and start meaningful dialogues on health and humanitarian action. This is a great opportunity to talk about the work I have been doing with the ‘MSF’,” he explained. 

Unni, who has been part of the organisation for the last 18 years, added, “We have been working in remote areas and we have learnt so much. For instance, the differential pricing of drugs and the practices by pharmaceutical companies and the way they behave in different places.” 

On his short visit to Bangalore, Unni visited St John’s Medical College and interacted with the students. 

“It was a great experience. We wanted the group to understand our work. It’s now left to the young doctors to decide if they are interested in joining us and being a part of the work we do.”

‘Fire in the Blood’ is an intricate tale of medicine, monopoly and malice.

 Shot across four continents and featuring Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu, the film is a true story of the coalition which came together to stop the ‘crime of the century’ and save millions of lives by providing access to affordable AIDS drugs. 

The audience found the film to be thought-provoking. “I got engrossed in the film and its subject really got me thinking. We need such films which can generate a discussion,” said Varun, a member of the audience. 

Another audience member, Shyla said, “I haven’t watched a film as good as this one in a long time. It really was worth my time. I do hope that many more attend screenings like this.”  

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