Unseen Enemy is an essential exploration into the increasing threat of emerging infectious disease outbreaks and their societal impacts. Population growth, mass urbanization, deforestation, climate change and increased travel have dramatically increased the risk that familiar diseases will spread and mutate, and new ones will emerge.

As people enter new spheres of biodiversity, they come into closer contact with other species, allowing viruses to jump from animals to humans and then spread more widely. Meet healthcare workers, disease detectives and families who have experienced the horror and devastation of Ebola, Zika and Influenza epidemics and emerged deeply changed.

It will scare you, surprise you, and sometimes anger you as we look at what hasn’t been done, what needs to be done and what we can all do: from networking public health systems, to figuring out what stands in the way of the development of new drugs, to building regional and global disease surveillance systems, to using the latest technology to allow the Thai farmer and the New Yorker, the Brazilian world cup attendee and the Hong Kong restaurant owner to become citizen health reporters. The irony is that the connection that puts us in danger is also the only thing that can save us.


Category: Documentary
Duration: 97 minutes
Locations: USA, Brazil, Cambodia, China, DR Congo, Germany, Great Britain, Liberia, India, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand
Film Festivals:
- Copenhagen International Documentary Festival,
- Beijing International Film Festival, 
- Sheffield International Documentary Festival,
- InScience Dutch International Science Film Festival,
- Global Health Film Festival
- Moscow 360 Film Festival

Narrated by: Jeffrey Wright, Emmy® and Golden Globe award-winning actor
Written & Directed by: Janet Tobias, Emmy® award-winning executive producer

With CNN Films / Vulcan Productions in co-production with Westdeutcher Rundfunk Köln in Collaboration with ARTE

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Video Diary by Aldo Kane (field producer)

Video Diary by Zac Nicholson (cinematographer)


Photos by Christopher Beauchamp