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A smiling woman sits on her porch with a bucket of herb cuttings, a candle and a pair of scissors in front of her. Individual sachets of herb have been neatly stacked in front of her

The Fever

All Equal? Shared Planet

16 September 2020 - 27 September 2020

Subtitles Closed Captions

Film Synopsis: The Fever

Director: Katharina Weingartner | Countries of production: Austria, Germany, Switzerland | Year: 2019 | Length: 99 min
Language: English, Chinese (Mandarin), Luganda, Luo with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

The Covid crisis – and the rush for a vaccine – has overshadowed many other health emergencies around the world. Despite millions of pounds of investment and decades of medical research, malaria still accounts for the deaths of at least half a million people every year, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. The cost of treatment, when it is available, traps families in a cycle of illness, suffering and poverty, while the wider impact of the illness has continued to negatively affect the health of many national economies. Yet nobody in the pharmaceutical industry, the World Health Organisation, or its biggest donor, the Gates Foundation, seems to trust – or fund –African scientists to develop their own solutions.

The Fever, however, provides a hopeful account of the work carried out by researchers and health practitioners in Kenya and Uganda, who are determined to challenge the colonialist dynamics of global health and develop local solutions. This is a study of greed and courage – the outcome of which could save millions of lives.

Content notes:
Contains references to and personal accounts of child and infant mortality.

Screened as part of TOAFF20


Beyond the Screen

As The Fever illustrates, global aid budgets and advances in medical innovation still leave millions of people around the world suffering and dying from treatable conditions. How can health inequalities be redressed?  Watch the conversation we hosted featuring guests from Global Justice Now, Section 27 and People’s Health Movement where we discussed global health, Big Pharma and how to lay the ground for a radically different future: THE FEVER: LIVE Q&A

Booking Information

How to watch
This film is available to watch at any time between 00:00 on 16 September and 23:59 on 27 September.

Ticket prices
Digital events still require a lot of work behind the scenes, and hosting digital screenings incurs significant costs. To reflect this, our recommended ticket price is £7, however we are operating a “sliding scale” ticket policy (thanks to SQIFF for leading the way) whereby audience members choose what to pay based on personal circumstances, from £2 upwards.  We don’t ask for any proof or ID – we just ask you to please be honest, so that this model can be sustainable for us as a small independent charity. For further guidance on price levels, please refer to this document, or the image below:

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All live workshops and Q&As will be free to access.


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