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I am alive today (history of an AIDS drug)


Written and directed by
Vincent Detours & Dominique Henry

Assistant director
Claude Briade

Dominique Henry

Arnould Chapel "Hill"

Luc Plantier assisted by Elif Uluengin

Sound editing
Arnould Chapel "Hill"

Manu de Boissieu

Catherine Montondo

Archive footages
James Wentzy (DIVA-TV), Catherine Gund,Phil Zwickler, Jean Carlomusto, John Riley

Production assistant
Muriel d’Archambeau

Muriel d’Archambeau, Edouard Colinet

Executive producer
Lubomir Guéorguiev, Good & Bad News

Associate producers
ADR Productions, Arte , RTBF, Télévision Belge

With the support of AGCD, Communauté française de Belgique, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Procirep, Wallonie Image Production

Arte, Millenium editions (DVD).

Other titles
Sida, une histoire de l’AZT; AZT, die geschichte eines AIDS-mittels; AZT, il primo farmaco anti AIDS; AZT, LUPAUS ELÄMÄSTÄ.


2002, 55 min, 16/9, color, Digital BetaCam. English. A versions subtitled in French is available. Distribution: ArteMillenium editions (DVD).

The history of AZT - the first anti-HIV drug - is about fighting fate: the fate of a deadly disease, and the fate of economic inequalities. It is a scientific, legal, and human adventure that drives the hope of patients, but also a huge financial activity. It is an adventure that sheds light on the origin of a tragedy of our time: 40 million HIV-positive persons cannot afford life-saving treatments.

"I am alive today" confronts the viewpoints of drug industry leaders, scientists, and AIDS activists on the history of AZT. This balanced account of historical facts is contrasted with archive images shot by AIDS patients over the development of the AIDS pandemics. These exceptional documents are loaded with the raw energy of young people in revolt against the idea that AIDS has to be a death sentence.

Buy it from Millenium editions.

TV broadcast
TV5 (165 countries covered), CFI (all Africa), Arte (France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland), RTBF (Belgium), RFO (Caraibeans), Télé Nouvelle Calédonie (French Polynesia), MBC (Rep. Mauritius), Planet (Italy), Planète Future (France), YLE (Finland).

Awards –
Jury award and young public award, Festival du Film Scientifique d'Oullins (France).

Festivals –
Other official selections: Pessac History Film Festival (France); Cork Film Festival (UK); Festival Cinéma d'ATTAC (Belgium).

Reviews (in French) –
Le Monde, Têtu, Les Inrockuptibles, Le Nouvel Observateur, L’Humanité, Le Figaro.


pdf Dialogs

- Dr. Nagesh, a documentary by Vincent Detours & Dominique Henry on HIV/AIDS and treatment access in India.

- AZT (a.k.a. Zidovudine, Retrovir, Zidovir, etc.) page on Wikipedia

- Act Up-Paris

- Act Up-Philadelphia

- Médecins sans Frontières "access campaign"

- Knowledge Ecology International