Produced by: Docdays Productions, Yuzu Productions, Congoo Productions
Finalist in: Editing
In Rise of the Killer Virus a scientific investigation reveals the true origins of AIDS, a virus responsible for 36 million deaths since its discovery in 1981. HIV has been with us far longer than we thought. Dr. Michael Worobey and medical researcher Dirk Teuwen reveal their discovery of a full-blown outbreak of AIDS in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the 1960s, a full two decades before it emerged in America. The earliest variant of HIV appeared as early as 1908, in the jungles of Cameroon. It’s a story that holds powerful lessons for the emergence of the next deadly virus.