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16/04/2021

Online premiere of "The Fever" worldwide and free of charge

On 25 April 2021, the documentary film "The Fever: The Fight Against Malaria" will celebrate its online premiere! Special feature: the live stream from 5pm via the film website https://fever.wfilm.de/en is free of charge and without registration: worldwide! Viewers can support the film distributor via a donation button at the online cinema launch.

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Online premiere of "The Fever" with live talk

In the subsequent virtual live talk, director Katharina Weingartner talks about her life-changing encounter with researchers in East Africa who may save countless lives with the medicinal plant Artemisia annua (annual mugwort). Prof. Peter Seeberger from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, who is currently researching Artemisa against Covid-19, will also be a guest. Other special guests include Dr. Tankred Stöbe from Doctors without Borders and Dr. Anselm Schneider from Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Clinical Partnerships. An event by W-film and pooldoks, moderated by Peter Kreysler and realised with Altes Kino Ebersberg. Supported by TERRE DES FEMMES, taz, Africa Positive and forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften.

"The Fever: The Fight Against Malaria" will be launched online as a stream in the W-film Online Cinema via the film website https://fever.wfilm.de/en on 25 April 2021 for World Malaria Day. A good cause: Locked cinemas that co-promote the online launch will share in the proceeds! As soon as the lockdown ends, the film will then also be shown in cinemas nationwide.

More about the film

As a result of the lockdown and the resulting deterioration in health care, the malaria parasite will even kill an estimated one million people in Africa this year - twice as many as usual year after year! But what if a medicinal plant could soothe mankind's oldest parasite? An affordable medicine that anyone can grow in their own garden. In the crisis region of East Africa, the alternative practitioner Rehema Namyalo, the biologist Richard Mukabana and the pharmacologist Patrick Ogwang are relying on Artemisia annua (annual mugwort): its isolated active ingredient artemisinin has long been successfully used by the global pharmaceutical industry in expensive malaria preparations. But in their search for local, cheap solutions, the researchers encounter fierce resistance from the pharmaceutical companies and great scepticism from their own governments. Not even the WHO wants to support their efforts. Is this really still about development cooperation or about colonial subjugation and greed for profit?

"The Fever: The Fight Against Malaria" is startling: We, who are experiencing the horror of a pandemic for the first time, are reminded of those who have been struggling with a deadly disease for ages. The documentary rejects the same old view of African 'suffering' and accompanies protagonists who insist on self-determination. Their work with the medicinal plant Artemisia annua could perhaps save countless lives - from malaria and other infectious diseases such as covid-19.

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