From Durban to Tomorrow

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.


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.


Trailer


FUND FOR POLICY REFORM presents a DYLAN MOHAN GRAY film “FROM DURBAN TO TOMORROW” featuring MEENA SESHU MOUSLIHOU DIALLO PÉTER SÁROSI VANESSA LÓPEZ and VUYISEKA DUBULA MAJOLA editor ABHRO BANERJEE editor RONELLE LOOTS colourist NICOLA GASPARRI sound mix RAJIV KENKRE ABHINAV RAMACHANDRAN music LUCA PETRACCA music supervisor ASHUTOSH PHATAKassociate producers MONICA D’SOUZA ROCHAN GANU executive producer BRETT DAVIDSON director of photography JAY J. ODEDRA written, directed and produced by DYLAN MOHAN GRAY


DIRECTOR'S 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.

PRAISE FOR THE FILM


“I just saw From Durban to Tomorrow. A perfect title for a remarkable film. I can’t stop thinking about how timely it is… and what a deep sense of dignity there is in its telling. It has a beautiful rhythm to it, like that of a beating heart.”


LOVELEEN TANDAN, filmmaker, Co-Director of 8-time Academy Award & 7-time BAFTA-winner Slumdog Millionaire





"Passionate, brilliantly researched and profoundly upsetting, Gray presents an unforgettable portrait of global struggles against big pharma today, as told by AIDS and public health activists from around the world."


JOHN GREYSON, pioneering queer filmmaker (Zero Patience) & writer, professor of film, York University





“Dylan Mohan Gray is back with another hard-hitting film [about] the ongoing battle for a rights-based future in global public health”


MUMBAI MIRROR





"Once again, Dylan Mohan Gray reveals a hidden public health scandal that demands our attention and action. All of us, as the fight against COVID has shown, have the human right to claim treatment that's available, no matter where we live, no matter how poor we are. Please watch this outstanding film and take action."


JOHN PILGER, legendary documentary filmmaker (The War You Don't See), Emmy- & BAFTA-winner





From Durban To Tomorrow movingly captures the global struggle to realize universal healthcare and demand health as a fundamental right. I hope it inspires many more people to join this urgent fight.


MADHUKAR PAI, Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology & Global Health, McGill University





"An absolute must-watch, From Durban to Tomorrow picks up where Fire in the Blood left off. From corporate greed to public (ir)responsibility, Dylan Mohan Gray has deftly and movingly portrayed the kind of activism we all need to engage in if we are to smash structural barriers to access and to secure health for all."


UNNI KARUNAKARA, past International President of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), professor of public health at Yale and Columbia universities


SCREENINGS & AWARDS


Preview Screenings:

Mumbai, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Porto, Kigali/Rwanda



Festival Screenings

2020 Mumbai International Film Festival -- Mumbai / Premiere

2020 Social Justice Film Festival -- Seattle

2020 United Nations Association Film Festival -- Palo Alto, USA

2020 Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos de Madrid -- Madrid

2020 I-View World Film Festival -- Delhi

2020 Terra Gollut Film Festival -- Girona, Spain

2020 Calgary Justice Film Festival -- Calgary, Canada

2020 Minority Health Film Festival -- Milwaukee, USA

2020 Red Deer Film Festival -- Red Deer, Canada

2020 Changing Face International Film Festival -- Sydney

2021 Panoramic Film Festival of India -- Chennai

2021 Bacalar International Film Festival -- Bacalar, Mexico

2021 Global Health Film Days -- Copenhagen

2021 Valparai International Film Festival -- Coimbatore, India

2021 New York Independent Cinema Awards -- New York

2021 Mannheim Arts and Film Festival -- Mannheim, Germany

2021 Prisma Rome Independent Film Awards -- Rome

Phoenix Shorts (2021 Phoenix Short Film Festival) -- Ottawa

2021 Impact Docs Awards -- La Jolla, USA

BRADOC (2021 Brazilian International Documentary Festival) -- São Paulo

2021 Auber International Film Festival -- Aubervilliers, France

2021 Silk Road Film Awards -- Cannes

London Shorts 2021 -- London

2021 Port Blair International Film Festival -- Port Blair, India

California Indies 2021 -- Los Angeles

2021 IndieFest Film Awards -- San Diego

2021 Boden International Film Festival -- Boden, Sweden

2021 Golden Sparrow International Film Festival -- Sirkali, India

Lift-Off Sessions 2021 -- Pinewood Studios, UK

2021 Luleå International Film Festival -- Luleå, Sweden

2021 Golden Harvest Film Festival -- Tokyo

2021 International Documentary Film Awards -- Rožňava, Slovakia

2021 Stockholm City Film Festival -- Stockholm

2021 L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival -- Kolkata

2021 Montreal Independent Film Festival -- Montreal

2021 Feel The Reel International Film Festival -- Glasgow

2021 Alvsbyn Film Festival -- Alvsbyn, Sweden

2021 New Wave Short Film Festival -- Munich

2021 Vancouver Independent Film Festival -- Vancouver

2021 London Indie Short Festival -- London

2021 International Multicultural Film Festival -- Perth

2021 Toronto Indie Shorts -- Toronto

Sixteen International Film Festivals (16IFF) 2021 -- Jaipur, India

2021 Chain NYC Film Festival -- New York

2021 World Film Carnival -- Singapore

2021 Tokyo International Short Film Festival -- Tokyo

2021 I Will Tell International Film Festival -- London/Miami/Trinidad

2021 Kiez Berlin Film Festival -- Berlin

2021 Genesis International Film Festival -- Moscow

2021 Madonie Film Festival -- Sicily, Italy

2021 Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival -- Los Angeles

2021 Calgary Independent Film Festival -- Calgary

2021 Long Story Shorts International Film Festival -- Bucharest

2021 Apex Film Awards -- Brighton

2021 Tietê International Film Awards -- São Paulo

2021 HECare Film Festival (Human-Environment Care Film Festival HECFF) -- Pickering, Canada

2021 Garden Route International Film Festival -- Garden Route, South Africa

2021 Jahorina Film Festival -- Pale, Bosnia and Herzegovina

2021 We Film Festival -- International

ChangeFest (2021 International Social Change Film Festival) -- Chicago

Film For Peace 2021 -- Toronto

2021 San Antonio Black International Film Festival -- San Antonio

2021 CIIFF Cannes International Independent Film Festival -- Cannes

Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival 2021 -- Amsterdam

2021 World Independent Cinema Awards (WICA) -- New York

2021 Jozi Film Festival -- Johannesburg

Thess International Shorts (TiSFF) 2021 -- Thessaloniki

2021 Lampa Festival of Social Cinema -- Perm, Russia

2021 Lebanese Independent Film Festival -- Beirut

2021 Anarchy Film Festival -- Manchester

2021 globaLE Leipzig Film Festival -- Leipzig

2021 Red Rock Film Festival -- Utah

2021 Hong Kong World Film Festival -- Hong Kong

2021 Virtual South Asian Film Festival -- Dallas/New York

2021 Africa Human Rights Film Festival -- Johannesburg

2021 Festival Internacional de Cine Africano -- Buenos Aires

2021 Dharamshala International Film Festival -- Dharamshala, India

2021 North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival -- Fargo

Essex DocFest 2021 -- Colchester, UK

2021 Djarfogo International Film Festival -- Cape Verde

The Hague Global Cinema Festival 2021 -- The Hague

2021 Maui Film Festival -- Maui

2021 New Haven International Film Festival -- New Haven

2021 Utopia Film Festival -- Maryland

2021 African Film Festival Atlanta -- Atlanta

2021 Liberty International Film Festival -- Seoul

New Generation Film Festival (NGFF) 2021 -- Belgrade

2021 Luminous Frames Film Festival -- Copenhagen

2021 Amsterdam International Film Festival -- Amsterdam

2021 Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival -- Madurai, India

2021 Festival International du Cinéma Numérique de Cotonou -- Cotonou, Benin

2021 African Film Festival -- Kabale, Uganda

2021 Social Justice Film Festival of India -- India (various locations)

2021 Lifft India Filmotsav World Cine Fest -- Lonavla, India

2021 Texas Film Festival -- Austin

2022 Courage Film Festival -- Berlin

NewFilmmakers NY 2022 -- New York

2022 Docs Without Borders Film Festival -- Delaware

2022 ART x SDGs Festival -- New York


Forthcoming Festivals & Screenings (announced; other announcements pending)

2022 Auroville Film Festival -- Auroville, India (January 18-23)

2022 Frozen River Film Festival -- Winona, USA (February 6-13)

2022 Black Hills Film Festival -- Rapid City, USA (February 18-28)

2022 SonderBlu Film Festival -- New York (June 25)



Awards

Best Feature Documentary -- 2021 Boden International Film Festival, Boden, Sweden

Best Documentary -- 2021 Tokyo International Short Film Festival, Tokyo

Best Human Rights Film & Best Social Justice Film -- 2021 Hong Kong World Film Festival, Hong Kong

Best International Documentary Short -- 2021 New York Independent Cinema Awards

Best International Documentary & Best Script -- BRADOC (2021 Brazilian International Documentary Festival), São Paulo

Best Documentary Short & Best Film: Health/Science/Medicine -- 2021 Impact Docs Awards, La Jolla, USA

Best Feature Documentary -- 2021 Auber International Film Festival, Aubervilliers, France

Best Film on Human Rights (Short) -- 2021 Panoramic Film Festival of India, Chennai

Best Human Rights Feature Film -- 2021 Bacalar International Film Festival, Bacalar, Mexico

Best Documentary Short Film -- 2021 Valparai International Film Festival, Coimbatore, India

Best Documentary, Honourable Mention -- 2021 Mannheim Arts and Film Festival, Mannheim, Germany

Best Director, Documentary & Best Documentary Short Film & Best Film Poster -- 2021 Sasee Film Awards, Tamil Nadu, India

Grand Prize & Best Social Justice Film -- 2021 Silk Road Film Awards, Cannes

Best Documentary Short Film -- 2021 Port Blair International Film Festival, Port Blair, India

Best Short Documentary -- 2021 Stockholm City Film Festival, Stockholm

Best International Documentary Short -- California Indies 2021, Los Angeles

Best Film: Liberation/Social Justice/Protest -- 2021 IndieFest Film Awards, San Diego

Best Documentary Short Film -- 2021 Golden Sparrow International Film Festival, Sirkali, India

Best Short Documentary -- 2021 Luleå International Film Festival, Luleå, Sweden

Best Experimental Film -- 2021 L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival, Kolkata

Special Jury Prize, Documentary Short -- Sixteen International Film Festivals (16IFF) 2021, Jaipur, India

Best Documentary -- 2021 Golden Harvest Film Festival, Tokyo

Best Documentary -- 2021 World Film Carnival, Singapore

Best Human Rights Film -- 2021 Kiez Berlin Film Festival, Berlin

Best Human Rights Film & Best Health and Medicine Film -- 2021 Madonie Film Festival, Sicily, Italy

Bronze Tilapia Social Awareness Award -- 2021 Tietê International Film Awards, São Paulo

Honourable Mention, Best Documentary Short -- 2021 Djarfogo International Film Festival, Cape Verde

Best Documentary -- 2021 Long Story Shorts International Film Festival, Bucharest

Best Documentary Short -- New Generation Film Festival (NGFF) 2021, Belgrade

Best Original Story -- 2021 Amsterdam International Film Festival, Amsterdam

Best Documentary Film -- 2021 Lifft India Filmotsav World Cine Fest, Lonavla, India

Best Documentary Short Film -- 2021 Texas Film Festival, Austin

Exceptional Merit Award, Best Film on Health -- 2022 Docs Without Borders Film Festival, Delaware







TECHNICAL INFORMATION

KEY CREDITS


“FROM DURBAN TO TOMORROW”
featuring
MEENA SESHU MOUSLIHOU DIALLO PÉTER SÁROSI VANESSA LÓPEZ VUYISEKA DUBULA MAJOLA
edited by ABHRO BANERJEE RONELLE LOOTS
original music LUCA PETRACCA
music supervisor ASHUTOSH PHATAK
colourist NICOLA GASPARRI
sound mix RAJIV KENKRE ABHINAV RAMACHANDRAN
associate producers MONICA D’SOUZA ROCHAN GANU
executive producer BRETT DAVIDSON
director of photography JAY J. ODEDRA
written, directed and produced by DYLAN MOHAN GRAY


TECH SPECS
ACQUISITION FORMAT Canon C300 MK IIVIDEO MASTER FORMAT Apple ProRes 422 HQ 1920x1080SOUND StereoDURATION / TRT 00:39:58ASPECT RATIO 2.39:1 in 16:9 containerAVAILABLE LANGUAGE VERSIONS: Original (open caption English subtitles), Spanish (film & trailer with open caption Spanish subtitles), French (film with open caption French subtitles & voiceover)

SHOOTING LOCATIONS
Durban, Cape Town & Hermanus, South AfricaConakry, Republic of GuineaMadrid & Mérida, SpainSangli, IndiaBudapest, Hungary

DIRECTOR BIO

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, was the most-watched documentary of the year 2020 in India, and won India's top film honour, the Filmfare Award, in 2021.

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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