Ashakara (1992)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - France, Togo  |  
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Dr. Kara (James Campbell-Badine) has heard that local people from his Togolese village of origin have a way to treat a disease that Europeans have only recently started suffering from. He goes home to discover this substance, and enters into a fight against a drug company, which already markets a competing substance which is less effective, to make it possible for real research into the new substance's benefits to continue. The drug company wants to buy up "rights" to the drug and all the research associated with it so that they can suppress it in favor of their already exisiting drug; this is much, much cheaper than doing new studies and new research. The only trouble is, it has nothing to do with the cure and treatment of disease. Dr. Kara's assistant is not as committed to healing as he is, and is negotiating with the drug company in return for huge amounts of cash.



business-ethics, disease, doctor, drug-company, medicine, village