From Durban to Tomorrow

Logline:
Five frontline health advocates from different parts of the world work through victories and defeats forging a path toward a meaningful, universal human right to health.

Synopsis:
With the inequities of global health more evident and stark today than at any point in history, FROM DURBAN TO TOMORROW recalls the mass protests led by people living with HIV in Durban, South Africa, which radically transformed the global landscape for human rights in health some two decades ago. These events in the year 2000 gave rise to a series of major advances in public health for marginalised people the world over, yet recent years have seen many of these hard-won gains severely eroded, putting tens of millions of lives at risk and compounding the threat posed by a deadly global pandemic. In FROM DURBAN TO TOMORROW, the stories of five frontline health advocates from different parts of the world underscore this rapidly worsening crisis and herald the impending battle for a meaningful, universal human right to health.

  • Dylan Mohan Gray
    Director
    Fire in the Blood, The King of Good Times (Bad Boy Billionaires/Netflix original)
  • Dylan Mohan Gray
    Writer
    Fire in the Blood, The King of Good Times (Bad Boy Billionaires/Netflix original)
  • Dylan Mohan Gray
    Producer
    Fire in the Blood, The King of Good Times (Bad Boy Billionaires/Netflix original)
  • Brett Davidson (Executive Producer)
    Producer
  • Meenu Seshu
    Key Contributors
  • Mouslihou Diallo
    Key Contributors
  • Péter Sárosi
    Key Contributors
  • Vanessa López
    Key Contributors
  • Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola
    Key Contributors
  • Abhro Banerjee
    Editors
  • Ronelle Loots
    Editors
  • Jay J. Odedra
    Cinematography
  • Luca Petracca
    Original Music
  • Rajiv Kenkre
    Sound Design
  • Abhinav Ramachandran
    Sound Design
  • Ashutosh Phatak
    Music Supervisor
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    39 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 10, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    Guinea, Hungary, India, South Africa, Spain
  • Language:
    English, French, Hindi, Hungarian, Marathi, Spanish, Xhosa
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon C300 Mark II
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1/16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 2020 Mumbai International Film Festival
    Mumbai
    India
    January 30, 2020
    World Premiere
    International Competition
  • 2020 Social Justice Film Festival
    Seattle
    United States
    October 1, 2020
    Health Issues Now
  • 2020 United Nations Association Film Festival
    Palo Alto, California
    United States
    October 23, 2020
  • 2020 Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos de Madrid
    Madrid
    Spain
    December 4, 2020
  • 2020 Terra Gollut Film Festival
    Girona
    Spain
    October 17, 2020
    Feature Film Competition
  • 2020 Minority Health Film Festival
    Milwaukee
    United States
    September 10, 2020
  • 2020 Marda Loop Justice Film Festival
    Calgary
    Canada
    November 19, 2020
    Canadian Premiere
  • 2020 I-View World Film Festival
    Delhi
    India
    December 10, 2020
  • 2020 Red Deer Film Festival
    Red Deer
    Canada
    November 20, 2020
  • 2021 Global Health Film Days
    Copenhagen
    Denmark
    May 21, 2021
  • 2021 International Panoramic Film Festival of India
    Chennai
    India
    Best Film on Human Rights: Short
  • 2021 Bacalar International Film Festival
    Bacalar
    Mexico
    Best Human Rights Feature Film
  • 2021 Valparai International Film Festival
    Coimbatore
    India
    July 10, 2021
    Best Documentary Short Film
  • 2021 Mannheim Arts and Film Festival
    Mannheim
    Germany
    July 13, 2021
    Best Documentary, Honourable Mention
  • 2021 New York Independent Cinema Awards
    New York
    United States
    July 10, 2021
    Best International Documentary Short
Director Biography - Dylan Mohan Gray

Dylan Mohan Gray is a Mumbai-based writer and filmmaker. His projects include the documentary feature "Fire in the Blood", which premiered at Sundance and went on to have the longest theatrical run of any non-fiction film in Indian cinema history. Selected at over 100 international film festivals, winner of numerous awards and the first documentary from India to be released theatrically in both the US and UK, "Fire in the Blood" helped change the global conversation around access to lifesaving medicine. In 2019, it was named one of "26 landmark documentary films of the past seven decades" in The Power of the Documentary, a major retrospective curated by legendary documentarian John Pilger.

Most recently Dylan directed Netflix's first India-focussed non-fiction original, “The King of Good Times”, opening film of the documentary anthology series Bad Boy Billionaires. It enjoyed a multiple-week run as the #1 most-watched title across all genres on Netflix India and was the most-watched documentary of the year 2020 in India.

Originally trained as a historian, Dylan has a special interest in stories with linkages to contemporary history and is currently working on several projects in this vein.

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Director Statement

The unfolding battle for equitable access to COVID vaccines is a timely reminder that the forces of greed are omnipresent in the realm of public health, flowery homilies about "caring", "curing the world" and "scientific innovation" notwithstanding. FROM DURBAN TO TOMORROW is a short but important film, highlighting the global connections between grassroots people's movements approaching fundamental human rights in health from different angles and making common cause to move the world forward to a place where the primary considerations in ‘healthcare’ are not runaway profit and intentional scarcity, but an understanding that we as a species can only rise or fall together.