KILLING PATIENT ZERO

The story of the AIDS epidemic and the man accused of starting it.

When a new, deadly virus spreads across North America at an alarming rate, one man is singled out for bringing the disease to the continent.

Spanning the 1970s until today, the story of GaétanDugas –aka ‘Patient Zero’ –serves as the perfect microcosm of the evolution of AIDS in America and the country’s response to it.

In the early 1980s, little was known about this global epidemic, except that it seemed to be most prevalent amongstgay men. America was in the grip of fear and uncertainty and, in the scramble for answers, Dugas would become known and vilified as ‘Patient Zero’.

Exploring timely themes about fear, the demonising of the unknown and the danger of false narratives, this FadooProductions and Fine Point Films documentary weavessocial history and scientific investigation into a poignant story of an individual who became intrinsically and tragically linked with AIDS.

"A fascinating eye-opener.” THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Must see." THE GATE
"Insightful, thought provoking, and empathetic." THE GATE
"A real evocative power...informative and powerful." IN THE SEATS
“Infuriating and heartfelt.” NOW TORONTO
100% rating ROTTEN TOMATOES

DURATION

1 x 98-minutes

YEAR OF PRODUCTION

2018

COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION

USA

Director

Laurie Lynd

Producers

Corey Russell, Trevor Birney

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