The Fever

(Das Fieber)

What if there were a simple, cheap, solution to the battle against malaria? It sounds good, but not everyone likes it. Richard, an entomologist from the University of Nairobi, herbal practitioner Rehema, and the health volunteer organiser Gertrude believe that Africa can defeat parasites on its own.

Half a million people die from malaria annually, the majority in Sub-Saharan Africa. The economic losses are in the billions of dollars. Despite ongoing extensive research, there are still no effective weapons against mosquito-transmitted parasites. Insecticide-treated mosquito nets harm the environment, drugs are often not effective, and prevention is too costly. A modest plant, artemesia, might resolve things. Ugandan pharmacologist Patrick Ogwang gave a tea made from it to workers at a flower farm by Lake Victoria and reduced the number of the ill by 85%. But pharma companies would lose profits because of natural medicines.

Impact

A team comprising the film’s makers have prepared a campaign intended to disseminate information about how malaria can be treated with the use of local herbs. It asks the film’s viewers to spread this information further, and possibly to contribute towards translating subtitles for the film, so that it can be screened in countries afflicted by malaria. It would also be helpful to exert pressure on WHO and the companies responsible for the current situation.

International premiere

About the film

Director: Katharina Weingartner
Austria, Germany, Switzerland
2019 | 99 min.

Language: Luganda, Luo and English, Mandarin (Chinese)

Subtitles:

Category

Diagnosis

Director

Katharina Weingartner

Festival guest on days
Mar 10 - Mar 12, 2020

Filmography
2019 - The Fever
2008 - Sneaker Stories
2001 - Too Soon for Sorry

Katharina Weingartner

Screenings

10. 03. 20:30 Atlas - Large Hall
DiscussionKatharina Weingartner, director
Tickets
11. 03. 17:30 Evald
DiscussionKatharina Weingartner, director
Tickets
14. 03. 22:00 Atlas - Small Hall
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