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House of Numbers: Anatomy of an Epidemic (2009)

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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
...
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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House of Numbers Reveals HIV Theory Built on House of Cards
6 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

H.L. Mencken wrote: "What begins as a guess--or, perhaps, not infrequently, as a downright and deliberate lie--ends as a fact and is embalmed in the history books." Interviewing all the major players in the HIV-AIDS debate over the past 25 years--orthodox and dissidents alike--and filmed and edited with superb production values, this first documentary by Brent Leung explores the genesis of a bad guess, and quite possibly a deliberate lie. It reveals anomalies from the single pathogen theory of AIDS, which look more and more like evidence against a rush-to-judgment in 1984 (appropriate year), when the Reagan Administration embraced and politicized junk science in an effort to quiet criticism of its "insensitivity" to gay men. Of course, we gay men immediately embraced the single pathogen theory also, because it made AIDS "everybody's disease," and shoved under the carpet all the questions about the immuno-suppressive nature of: (1) unprecedented exchange of old pathogens in incestuous urban gay enclaves; (2) unprecedented ingestion of toxins in the form of both legal and illegal drugs, which fueled the party lifestyle of the sexual revolution; and (3) the condition in which gay men found ourselves as a hated minority as the religious right reared its ugly head. What Brent Leung's film really does is to scream: "Let's take another look at this junk science theory!" Yes, the orthodox get some of their quotes taken slightly out of context--the limitations of a 90-minute film covering a huge amount of ground--but when you put them in context, they present an even worse case for their conclusion that a mysterious little retroviral bug is the single cause of multi-factorial immune deficiency. (Just take a look at the YouTube full interview with Montagnier, in which he says our own natural immune systems can rid us of the mysterious HIV within just a few weeks--completely undermining the "once-you-get-it-you-always-have-it orthodoxy.) Many of us have researched and written on this subject (my own writing can be found at www.terrymichael.net, "Special Report on HIV-AIDS" linked at my home page), but our words have been confined to the internet. Leung's film brings to a theater near you the serious debate the HIV-AIDS Industrial Complex has denied us for 25 years. See it, and be amazed that most of what you thought about HIV-AIDS is, as Mencken would say, a downright and deliberate lie, by an establishment that increasingly resembles a religious cult, more than it practices rational science.


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