FILM: TB: RETURN OF THE PLAGUE DIRECTOR: JEZZA NEUMANN FILM RATING: PG13 YEAR: 2014 RUNNING TIME: 58 MINUTES LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
Tuberculosis (TB) is the most deadly infectious disease in history - it has killed over a billion people in the last 200 years. Multi-BAFTA winning film-maker, Jezza Neumann, travelled to Swaziland to make this very intimate account of the crippling effects of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). We witness victims from two families battle with the disease over the course of a year.
Deep in rural Swaziland near the border of South Africa lives Bheki, a builder who is fanatical about football. He recently learnt that both he and his sister have MDR-TB. As time passes, his sister's condition deteriorates and Bheki starts to become increasingly anxious about his future.
In the capital Mbabane lives 12-year-old Nokubegha, a TB orphan, who is cared for by her 17-year-old brother, Melusi. When Nokubegha is diagnosed with the MDR strain of the disease she has to be admitted into the national TB hospital so she can receive her daily pills and injections.
A tragic yet heart-warming story about the value of human life, love and family.
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*The documentary was produced by “True Vision”. MSF-Hong Kong obtained their permission to screen the documentary in the Doctors Without Borders Film Festival in Singapore.