DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

The Fever


The Fever




CATALOGUE TEXT
The fight won’t end. Malaria still rules large parts of Africa. Every 60 seconds a child south of the Sahara dies of the disease. All in all, it causes around half a million deaths per year. But why is it so impossible to successfully conquer the disease, even though countless relief organisations have been working on a solution for many years?

The reason, of course, is money, global conflicts of interest, the powerful pharmaceutical industry. That’s nothing new. But the Austrian filmmaker Katharina Weingartner produced an enthralling documentary thriller which literally inscribes exciting, context-shifting and -widening lines of connection into the more or less familiar general picture: connections between the parasite and the pharmaceutical industry, between self-determination in East Africa and the richest man in the world. The focus is on three courageous people in Uganda and Kenya who are fighting the disease on the spot and are often more successful with alternative methods than Western medicine is comfortable with. Because after all a solution of their own, without foreign help and technology, without the mercantile and public philanthropic interests of the helpers, would mean independence.

Julia Weigl

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Credits
Original Title: Das Fieber Country: Austria, Germany, Switzerland Year: 2019 Language: English, Luganda, Luo, Mandarin Subtitle: English Runtime: 99 min. Format: DCP Color: Colour Director: Katharina Weingartner Producer: Markus Wailand Cinematographer: Siri Klug Editor: Andrea Wagner Animation: Toby Cornish Sound: Patrick Becker, Peter Braeker Script: Katharina Weingartner Website: thefevermovie.com
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