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Das Fieber

The Fever

Producer: Wailand Film
Financing: Majoritarian coproduction
Co-Producer: zero one Film GmbH (DE), Lang Film(CH)
Year: 2016
Grant amount: € 40.000
Category: Dokumentarfilm
Genre: documentary
Director: Katharina Weingartner
Writer: Katharina Weingartner
Cinematographer: Siri Klug, Attila Boa, Frieder Salm, Charles Finkbeiner
Key cast: Tu Youyou, Patrick Ogwang, Rehema Dawa, Hans Herren, Keith Arnold, Li Guoqiao, Peter Kremsner
Locations: Germany, Switzerland, Kenia, Tansania, Uganda, USA, China
Release (AT): Frühling 2020

Every 60 seconds in Africa a child dies from malaria. The illness accounts for the death of over a million people every year, 90% occurring in the sub-Saharan regions of Africa. Aside from the human cost, the annual economic losses attributed to Malaria total over 12 billion USD.

And despite the vast amount of research, there is currently no single solution for the fight against malaria – yet. Plasmodium is one of the oldest known parasites on earth and has played a crucial role in various wars; but the war against malaria still remains to be won.
The approaches vary from traditional Chinese herbal medicine to semi-synthetic medication, from the distribution of insecticide-treated bednets to costly vaccination programs.

For The Fever Katharina Weingartner focuses the complex history, present and future of Malaria and observes the search for a solution. The film introduces the people who work in the health industry and the people who are trying to survive the illness.

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