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CNN Films to debut “Unseen Enemy” for World Health Day

CNN Films is set to debut a new doc about the looming crisis of disease pandemics. Unseen Enemy will debut as a CNN Films broadcast for a World Health Day presentation on ...
March 20, 2017

CNN Films is set to debut a new doc about the looming crisis of disease pandemics. Unseen Enemy will debut as a CNN Films broadcast for a World Health Day presentation on April 7 at 9 p.m EST.

The film is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Janet Tobias, and narrated by Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Jeffrey Wright. Tobias embedded with some of the world’s top pathogen hunters and medical professionals for more than three years, traveling the globe to track outbreaks of Zika, Ebola, and influenza.

From inside the hot zones in Brazil and Liberia, the film follows doctors who detail their heroic and often hazardous work from the front lines of the outbreak response.  Doctors and researchers describe how they encountered the diseases, and how they are fighting the pathogens to save patients.

While the headlines of deadly outbreaks are alarming, Tobias’ film makes the case that successful containment can be achieved with coordinated efforts of medical professionals, researchers, governments, communicators, and the public.

“Because we witnessed epidemics up close during filming, our team came away with hope that we can win the fight against them. Around the world, there are dedicated scientists, innovative technologists, heroic doctors and nurses, as well as survivors, moms, dads, sisters, and brothers, who understand we all have a role to play,” said Tobias, in a statement.  “It’s only by each of us doing our part that we will win the battle.”

Unseen Enemey is produced by Roger Lopez, Janet Tobias, Peter Klein, and Michael Ehrenzweig of Sierra/Tango Productions.  The executive producers are Paul G. Allen, Jody Gottlieb, and Carole Tomko, for Vulcan Productions, Amy Entelis of CNN Films, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Sabine Rollberg, and Jeffrey H. Field.

The supervising producer is Courtney Sexton of CNN Films.  It’s is co-produced by Sierra/Tango and Vulcan. In addition to the telecasts on CNN, Unseen Enemy will also stream live for subscribers via CNNgo on April 7.  The film will be widely available the day after the premiere (April 8) via CNNgo.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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