A film maker has produced a documentary highlighting the dangers of counterfeit medicine in the Middle East.
Dale McEwan, 32, is a freelance investigative reporter from Kemnay, who took three years to film his movie – Stolen Vision – Counterfeit Medicine in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Over multiple trips to the region, Dale details how fake medication has blinded patients in the autonomous region of Iraq, while also exposing a failing health system and a number of conflicts of interest in Kurdistan.
Throughout the three-year process it took to bring the feature together, Dale faced intimidation and threats, including being thrown out of a building in the region and being hampered by a lack of co-operation from the Kurdish government.
Dale, who studied investigative journalism at the University of London, said: “What has happened there is awful. Those people no longer trust any medical help.
“This film was the hardest thing I have ever done.”
Recent reviews of the documentary from the website UK Film Review gave it four out of five stars.