A docu-drama that reports on a (fictitious) attack made by terrorist using the disease of small pox to attack the world. Starting in New York the attack is ruthlessly carried out by one man travelling around the city infecting people as he goes. Using hindsight and video diaries the film looks back on the global impact of a silent attack that affected the world. Written by
bob the moo
It's all true. It just hasn't happened yet.
Did You Know?
Three of the people appearing in this film were not actors but were, in fact, individuals who each played significant roles in the recent history of smallpox. Only one of these has his personal history recounted in any great detail, Ken Alibek
(formerly Kanatjan Alibekov), who served as deputy director and chief scientist of the Soviet Union's biological warfare program, BioPreparat, from 1987 until 1992, when he left Russia for his native Kazakhstan and ultimately defected to the U.S. Of the other two, Christopher Davis served as part of a team of U.S. and British inspectors that toured the Soviet bioweapons lab at Koltsovo in January 1991. Questioning of Soviet technicians by Davis and one of his British colleagues gave the West their first real inkling (later confirmed after Alibek's defection) that the Soviets were experimenting with live smallpox virus. Donald Henderson
(full name, Donald Ainslie Henderson) is correctly identified in the special as director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness, a position he took up at the time of the office's creation in November 2001. From 1966 through 1977, he led the World Health Organization's campaign to eradicate smallpox worldwide. For this, he deserves more credit than perhaps anyone else alive for eliminating smallpox as an endemic disease. See more
About one out of every 30 Americans live in New York City. We are told 30,000 people died from Smallpox in New York City, and a further 1.5 million died in the United States (a ratio of one out of every 50 American deaths taking place in New York City). The number of New York fatalities therefore appears disproportionately low, particularly since infectious diseases spread more comprehensively in densely populated areas. See more
[describing New York City at the height of the smallpox pandemic
It was a ghost town, I mean in more ways than one, it was a ghost town. The corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, you could have shot a cannon in any direction, and you'd have hit no one. It was empty. It's kind of hard to explain, but it made me realize what an incredible loss we had experienced.
Three of the interview subjects play themselves in the movie, and are revealed in clips during the credits. All of them offer an opinion on how the fictional documentary could reflect actual events. See more