© Life Copyright

by Yorgos Avgeropoulos

India is known as the global medicine production factory. It has a thriving pharmaceutical industry that produces quality medicine at affordable prices.

These are the so called generics, copies of the original drugs produced by the big pharmaceutical companies of the West. They are equally effective, but are sold at incomparably lower prices than the originals. That is why they are of incalculable value to poor people in India and the, so called, developed world.

In the face of competition, the big pharmaceutical companies fight back holding a powerful weapon in their hands, the patents, attempting to strike India’s generic drug industry and consolidate their monopoly worldwide.

It is a real war of interests, where corporate profits are, more literally than ever, juxtaposed to human lives.

The “© Life Copyright” follows the case of the Swiss company Novartis that sued the Indian state, starting thus a landmark legal battle. A battle so important that could threaten the access of billions of poor people around the world to affordable lifesaving drugs.

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About This Film

DURATION: 49min
AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGES: English | Greek
AVAILABLE VERSIONS: English (49min) | Greek (49min)
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos
Written by: Yorgos Avgeropoulos, Georgia Anagnou
Produced by Georgia Anagnou
Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos
Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri
Editing: Vasilis Magos, Anna Prokou
Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis
A Small Planet Production for Greek Public Television ΕRΤ © 2013

About the Director
Yorgos Avgeropoulos

Yorgos Avgeropoulos is a Greek documentary filmmaker and journalist known for the numerous social and political documentaries he has directed in more than 50 countries and which have won 40 awards in international film festivals as well as other distinctions all over the world.
He was born in Athens, Greece in 1971. He studied journalism and worked as a war correspondent in Sarajevo, Croatia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan whereas he also covered major events such as the Albanian Rebellion, the earthquakes in Turkey and the sinking of MS Estonia.
In 2000, he created the Exandas Documentary Series. Exandas documentaries are awarded in several international film festivals and broadcasted by dozens of networks worldwide. In Greece they were broadcasted by ALPHA TV until 2003 and then by Public Greek Television ERT until 2013, when the network was violently shut down by the Greek government.
Today Yorgos Avgeropoulos collaborates with international networks. His latest films, The Lost Signal of Democracy (2014) and AGORA – From Democracy to the Market (2015) were broadcasted by TV networks in Europe, the US, the Middle East, Asia and Australia and awarded in documentary film festivals in France, Germany and the USA.

Films of Yorgos Avgeropoulos