A scientific thriller that investigates the destructive power of multi-resistant bacteria - microbes which cannot be wiped out by any antibiotic.
Each year, 700 000 people worldwide are killed by multi-resistant bacteria – microbes which cannot be wiped out by any antibiotic. According to a recent study, this death toll could rise by factor ten until the year 2050: without powerful agents up to 10 million people could die each year due to such superbugs. The film tells us how we got there: It is a story about how negligence, greed, and short-sightedness have rendered the lifesaving effects of antibiotics powerless. It is a science-thriller about disillusioned, fighting doctors, rebellious scientists, patients wrestling with life-threatening diseases and diplomats searching for a global solution.
Michael Wech, born 1969, worked as a trainee with the filmmaker and book author Egmont R. Koch and then studied political science and international relations in Hamburg and London and as a scholarship holder at Bilkent University in Ankara. Since 1998 he has been shooting documentaries for ARD, ZDF, 3sat and ARTE. The author has specialised in complex topics, often interweaving documentary material and re-enactment.
Images: Broadview Pictures
Filmmakers: Michael Wech
Runtime: 98', 60'