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The origins of AIDS Peter Chapell & Catherine Peix

AIDS : 26 million dead, 40 million infected.
It is now 20 years since the most devastating epidemic of history was unleashed on the planet. Its origin is still a mystery
The AIDS virus was born in Africa. 
Chimpanzees are its natural carriers.
But how did it make the jump to mankind?
The scientific community remains divided over this question.
The preferred hypothesis is 'Natural Transfer': The virus jumped from one species to another through a bite or a wound and then spread among humans. According to the work of American geneticist Bette Korber, such an accident could have happened in 1931.
A minority group argues that it was caused by 'Human Mistake'. This theory suggests that an experimental polio vaccine, contaminated by the virus, might provide the key to the riddle. It postulates that one million Africans were administered the experimental vaccine between 1957 and 1960 in the Belgian colonies. This happens to be the very spot where, ten years later, the first AIDS cases in the world emerged.
The great, small world of Science is deeply divided on this issue -- by self-examination on one hand and complete denial on the other. Although hard to believe, it seems that, while fighting a deadly disease, medical research itself might have unleashed this pandemic plague.
In its search for the truth -- unearthing never-before-seen archive footage of researchers at work and bearing witness to memories of people who were there -- this film plunges the audience into an astonishing story of unprecedented scientific controversy.
Director Peter CHAPPELL & Catherine PEIX
scenario Peter CHAPPELL & Stéphane HOREL
editing Catherine PEIX
original music Frédéric LAGNAU
Photography Peter CHAPPELL, Peter KRIEGER, Jorge MARTINHO, Raphaël O’BYRNE & Mark DANIELS
Sound Nicolas DALBAN, Andrew MORRIS, Serge BOUVIER, Craig LAPP, Vincent DEPAS & Sébastien FAURE
Comments Valérie JEANNEAU
Coproduction Multimédia France Productions, Les Productions Galafilm, Pathé Archives, Les Films de la Passerelle, RTBF (Télévision belge), Produce+
avec la participation de France 2, en association avec Channel 4, Radio-Canada, Réseau de l'Information & Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
with the participation of RTSR, TV5 Monde, Canal+ Espagne
Coordination post-production Canada Christina THOMPSON
Assistantes des producteurs Jill COULON, Chantal VOETS & Daniela PINNA

linght film - 90 minutes - BETA Digit
Peter Chappell est né à Aylesbury, en Angleterre. Il a étudié dans les universités de Bristol et Exeter en Angleterre puis à la FEMIS en France. Il travaille depuis vingt ans comme chef opérateur et réalisateur à travers l’Afrique, l’Asie, les Amériques et le Moyen-Orient. 

• Née à Paris, Catherine Peix a enseigné la biologie avant de travailler en montage, autant en fiction qu’en documentaire. Ayant récemment bifurqué vers la réalisation, on lui doit la direction de documentaires et de vidéoclips.

Filmographie: Peter Chappell: Stories from Cuscatlan (1990), Remembering Romero (1992), Our Friends at the Bank (1998), L’Afrique en morceaux — La Tragédie des grands lacs (coréalisé avec Jihan El Tahri) (2001)
* Best Science, Technology, Nature, Environnement or Adventure Documentary Program at the 20 GEMINI Annual Awards - CA - 2005
* Winner best popular science & natural history program - BANFF Televison Festival -2004
* Prix Europa - Television Programme of the Year 2004
1/12/2003 90' RTBF2 20H30 BELGIQUE
23/04/2004 90' France 2 22h40 FRANCE