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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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