Unseen Enemy (12A*) + Q&A

Part of: Global Health Film Festival 2017

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Global Health Film Festival: Unseen Enemy

Unseen Enemy is an essential exploration of the reasons why we are experiencing a rash of diseases that were once only outbreaks, but have now become full-blown epidemics.

In the 21st century, we are all connected. Population growth, mass urbanization, deforestation, climate change and increased travel have dramatically increased the risk that familiar diseases will spread and mutate, and new ones will emerge. As people enter new spheres of biodiversity, they come into closer contact with other species, increasing the risk of viruses jumping from animals to humans, and spreading more widely. 

This increased risk that we face, and the ways society and individuals can work together to reduce that risk, are demonstrated through the case studies of three epidemics: Ebola, influenza and Zika. 

Moving across the globe, we meet doctors, disease detectives and everyday people who have stepped into the horror of an epidemic and emerged deeply changed. Epidemics bring out the best and worst of human behaviour, with effects reaching far beyond the tolls of sickness and death. What these epidemics make clear is that we are woefully unprepared for a major pandemic.

Please note: entrance to this event is available to Global Health Film Festival passholders only.

US 2017 Dir Janet Tobias 97 min

*Locally classified 

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