Unseen Enemy (2017)
Directed by Janet Tobias, 98 mins
Saturday 20 March 2021 19:30 CET
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. 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 have made clear is that we are woefully unprepared for a major pandemic.
The panel discussion after the screening was moderated by Mina Stanikic, medical doctor and film critic; Mina was joined by Janet Tobias, director of Unseen Enemy, Dr Alma Tostmann, Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, and Martin Grobusch, Professor of Tropical Medicine, University of Amsterdam.
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