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Unseen Enemy (2017)

Unseen Enemy is a feature-length documentary about the threat of epidemics in the 21st century and what we can do to fight them.


Janet Tobias


Janet Tobias

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Credited cast:
Larry Brilliant Larry Brilliant ... Himself
John Connor John Connor ... Himself
Decontee Davis Decontee Davis ... Herself
Veronica Maria Dos Santos Veronica Maria Dos Santos ... Herself
George Gao George Gao ... Himself (as Dr. George Gao)
Adolfo Garcia-Sastre Adolfo Garcia-Sastre ... Himself (as Dr. Adolfo Garcia-Sastre)
Laurie Garrett ... Herself
Paul Horwood Paul Horwood ... Himself
Heidi Larson Heidi Larson ... Herself
Peter Piot Peter Piot ... Himself
Peter Sands Peter Sands ... Himself
Mark Smolinski Mark Smolinski ... Himself
Arnaud Tarantola Arnaud Tarantola ... Himself
Vanessa Van Der Linden Vanessa Van Der Linden ... Herself (as Dr. Vanessa Van Der Linden)
Gwen Zwanziger Gwen Zwanziger ... Herself


Unseen Enemy is an essential exploration of reasons 21st-century populations are experiencing a rash of diseases that were once only outbreaks, but have now become full-blown epidemics. This increased risk that we face, and the ways society and individuals can work together to reduce that risk, are explained to the public 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 behavior, with effects reaching far beyond the tolls of sickness and death.

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Once it's here, it's too late.





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English | Portuguese

Release Date:

7 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Untitled Pandemics Documentary See more »

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explosive and scary and educating
16 January 2019 | by ops-52535See all my reviews

This is a scarecrow of a documentary, its scary from begginning till nearly the end, its about the travelling diseases,that could wack out entire populations in weeks.its about detection and protection and solutions to prevent future outbreaks.

its well narrated,well put together, enough to make you think twice. its the same story you might say, as it is, but its infomation that needs to be told again and again, and this is a very good example how to do it.

be cautious ,take measures how you will handle things if you were stricken,be preventive,and do take available vaccines if obtainable.i vaccinate myself against the seasonal flu ,not only to save myself from stress and fatigue being ill ,but also to let people around me stay healthy ,especially the one with cronic diseases or cancer that makes them unable to take the vaccine at all. its the indirectness we must heed about. remember you are just a small piece of a 7 billion pieces jigsaw puzzle, and you maybe the one killing us all...........

a very good documentary,highly recommended.

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