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House of Numbers: Anatomy of an Epidemic (2009)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary  |  19 April 2009 (USA)
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What is HIV? What is AIDS? What is being done to cure it? These questions sent Canadian filmmaker Brent Leung on a worldwide journey, from the highest echelons of the medical research ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Luc Montagnier ...
Himself - Discoverer of HIV
Francois Barre-Sinnousi ...
Herself - Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
Anthony Fauci ...
Himself - Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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Himself - Chairman of the Board, amfAR
James Curran ...
Himself - Former Director, CDC AIDS Division
David Baltimore ...
Himself - Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
Donald P. Francis ...
Himself - Epidemiologist, CDC
Michael Gottlieb ...
Himself - First Doctor to Diagnose AIDS, UCLA Medical Center
Harold Jaffe ...
Himself - Former Director, CDC AIDS Division
Daniel Kuritzkes ...
Himself - Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Reinhard Kurth ...
Himself - President, Robert Koch Institute Germany
Joseph B. McCormick ...
Himself - Epidemiologist, CDC
John P. Moore ...
Himself - Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Weill Cornell Medical College
Peter Piot ...
Himself - Executive Director, UNAIDS
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Donald Abrams ...
Himself - Chief of Hematology-Oncology, San Francisco General Hospital
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What is HIV? What is AIDS? What is being done to cure it? These questions sent Canadian filmmaker Brent Leung on a worldwide journey, from the highest echelons of the medical research establishment to the slums of South Africa, where death and disease are the order of the day. In this up-to-the-minute documentary, he observes that although AIDS has been front-page news for over 28 years, it is barely understood. Despite the great effort, time, and money spent, no cure is in sight. Born in 1980 (on the cusp of the epidemic), Leung reveals a research establishment in disarray, and health policy gone tragically off course. Gaining access to a remarkable array of the most prominent and influential figures in the field -- among them the co-discoverers of HIV, presidential advisors, Nobel laureates, and the Executive Director of UNAIDS, as well as survivors and activists -- his restrained approach yields surprising revelations and stunning contradictions. The HIV/AIDS story is being ... Written by Knowledge Matters, LLC

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A world without HIV/AIDS may be closer than you think.

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A photo meeting between Ronald Reagan and Jacques Chirac wrongly informs that Chirac was the French President during a White House conference about AIDS in 1987. Chirac was France's Prime Minister at the time, sent by President François Mitterand. See more »

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Herself - Investigative Journalist: AIDS is the best example of what's really scary, alarming and dangerous about our culture right now, which is that it's a culture of PR. It's a Public Relations phenomenon. The truth doesn't matter, what matters is the image.
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An "objective" documentary? Read this first
3 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm a journalist who has spent some time investigating AIDS denialism and those who have been affected by it. This film is very dangerous, and will likely lead to many lost lives.

Since it would take too long here to debunk the various outrageous claims made in the film, let me address just two points it conveniently glosses over:

First, Christine Maggiore, the HIV+ activist who has avoided antiretroviral drugs with supposedly no ill consequences, is dead. She died of AIDS-related pneumonia, aged 52. Her daughter Eliza Jane, whose contraction of HIV was undoubtedly helped by Maggiore's refusal of antiretrovirals and breast feeding, also died of AIDS-related pneumonia, aged 3.

Second, Kim Marie Bannon, another of the film's HIV+ activists who have avoided antiretroviral drugs with supposedly no ill consequences, is presently residing in a care home with HIV encephalitis. She is dying of AIDS.

Why are these fairly important facts pushed to one side? Perhaps they got in the way of creating such an "objective" film.


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