Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague

Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague

| 1 h 25 min

This feature-length documentary, based on Michael Bliss’s 1991 book Plague: A Story of Smallpox in Montreal, juxtaposes a hypothetical 21st century pandemic with the 1885 smallpox epidemic that claimed over 2,500 lives in Montreal. A string of fatal errors and mishaps, including a tainted batch of vaccines, fostered panic and mistrust in a city already divided by language, religion and class. Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague addresses renewed fears of bio-warfare and consults contemporary public health experts about the potential implications of a modern pandemic, including social unrest and economic ruin.

Pandemics have killed more people throughout history than all wars combined. They are unpredictable—and inevitable. Are we ready for the next big one?

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  • writer
    Jefferson Lewis
  • director
    Jefferson Lewis
  • producer
    Kenneth Hirsch
    Adam Symansky
    Christian Medawar
    Line Richard
  • executive producer
    Ravida Din
    Yves Bisaillon
  • director of photography
    Bobby Shore
    Nathalie Moliavko-Visotsky
  • art director
    Michel Marsolais
  • costume designer
    Marcella Léporé
  • editor
    Susan Shanks
  • original music
    Dino Giancola
    Ganesh Anandan
  • sound designer
    Daniel Toussaint
  • narrator
    Colm Feore
  • researcher
    Tom Puchniak
    Terri Foxman
    Dominique Parent
    Barbara Sears
  • archival researcher
    Terri Foxman
  • participant
    Marc Beïque
    Marcel Cadotte
    Mitchel Fortin
    André Picard
    Theresa Tam
    Michael Bliss
    André Dascal
    Michael Libman
    Marc Poirier
    Jacques Viau
  • cast
    Marie-Josée Belanger
    Marie-Laure Rozas
    Judith Baribeau
    Ruth Chiang
    Marcel Jeannin
    Daniel Malenfant
    David Schapp
    Marc-André Brunet
    Chloé Lacasse
    André Cyr
    Didier Dubois
  • voice-over actor
    Julian Casey
    Laurence Dauphinais
    Kathleen Fee
    Lori Graham
    Annick Leger
    Daniel Pilon
    Harry Standjofski
  • sound recordist
    Marie-France Delagrave
    Daniel Tremblay
  • key set dresser
    Louise Tremblay
  • key hair dresser
    Gaétan Landry
    Denis Parent
  • key makeup artist
    Natalie Trépanier
  • sound editor
    Daniel Toussaint
    Luc Raymond
  • foley artist
    Lise Wedlock
  • re-recording mixer
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • executive producer
    Kenneth Hirsch

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