The Sheffield Institute for International Development (#SIIDfilms), Students for Global Health, and the Film Unit are proud to announce the Sheffield Global Health Film Series 2019.

For all of the films admission is free. All are welcome – staff, students and others.


Monday 11th February, 7.30pm, Student’s Union Auditorium

Magic Medicine (Dir. Monty Wates. 2018)

Can magic mushrooms cure depression?

Over two years we follow the first ever medical trial of psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms) being used to treat a group of volunteers suffering from clinical depression.

This remarkable film follows three volunteers and their families, and the ambitious staff running the trial, who are hoping this controversial treatment will have the power to transform millions of lives.

With deeply moving footage of the ‘trips’ the patients go on, as well as interviews providing scientific and political context, this intimate film is an absorbing portrait of the human cost of depression, and the inspirational people contributing to groundbreaking psychedelic research.


Thursday 14th February, 7.30pm, Student’s Union Auditorium

Fire in the Blood (Dir. Dylan Mohan Gray. 2013)

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 for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths – and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.

Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz, Fire In The Blood is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop ‘the Crime of the Century’ and save millions of lives in the process.

As the film makes clear, however, this story is by no means over. With 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.


Tuesday 19th February, 7.30pm, Student’s Union Auditorium

Amá (Dir. Lorna Tucker. 2018)

Amá is a documentary by Lorna Tucker about the sterilization abuses of Native American women across the United States during the last sixty years.

In Amá we discover the story of Jean Whitehorse, a Navajo woman from New Mexico. Jean lets us into her life and through single interviews and observational filming Jean leads us through the events that led up to her being sterilized and the disastrous affect it had on her life.

Amá sheds new light on the Native American story and sets up the context of the twenty-first century obsession with the ‘War on Poverty’ and the radical and often unregulated medical practices employed against the Native female population. Amá brings the past and the present together in a film that manages to be contemporary and timely.