This month’s Socialist Film Co-op presents two films: a feature-length documentary about the cost of AIDS medicines, and a short film about Irish migrant workers in north-west London.

Woman and child walk along street.
An intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’, FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs.

Dylan Mohan Gray, India 2013 [PG], 84 mins

The first non-fiction feature from India to be theatrically released in either the US or UK, this intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’ tells us how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths.  Shot on four continents and including contributions from Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz, this is the true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop ‘the Crime of the Century’.  Dramatic past victories having given way to serious setbacks, – engineered far from public view – the real fight for access to life-saving medicine is almost certainly just beginning.
Winner of the first ever Political Film Prize at Filmfest Hamburg.

Andrew Berekdar, UK 2012 [U]

Cricklewood Craic is a portrait of Irish construction workers who lived and sought work in north west London between the 1950s and the end of the 20th Century.  Four retired construction workers who migrated to London recount their experiences and reveal a once thriving Irish community.

Discussion led by Jeremy Corbyn, Member of Parliament for Islington North, Dr Ang Swee Chai, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, and filmmaker Andrew Berekdar.

Screening: Sunday 12 October 2014, 10.20 for 11am. At Bolívar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL. Nearest tube: Warren Street.  Overground:  Euston. Buses:  10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390. Booking information:  tickets are available from 10.20am on the day and may not be booked in advance. Admission £10, concessions £8.  Annual members £6/£4. Sorry no credit cards. London Socialist Film Co-op