Partners: Florentine Films, Laura Ziskin Pictures and WETA Washington DC, in association with Ark Media; distributed by PBS International
Length: 6 x 60 minutes; 3 x 120 minutes
Airing: March-April 2015 (PBS)
Rights available: Worldwide excluding U.S.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., the latest project from Barak Goodman (My Lai) and Ken Burns puts this all-too-pervasive disease under the microscope and examines its history – from the first known description of it in an ancient Egyptian scroll, to the high-tech battle being waged against it in hospitals around the world. Goodman connects historical milestones in the “war on cancer” – such as the introduction of chemotherapy and the numerous multi-million dollar initiatives designed to bring us closer to a cure – with gripping personal stories of those living with the disease.
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