Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague

(2010)
Runtime: 86 min | Country: Canada
Genres: Documentary / Drama / History
Director: Jefferson Lewis
Writer: Jefferson Lewis
Cast:
  • Colm Feore as Himself - Narrator
  • Michael Bliss as Himself - Historian & Author, Plague: How Smallpox Devastated Montreal
  • Marcel Cadotte as Himself - Head of Pathology, Hotel Dieu de Montreal (as Dr. Marcel Cadotte)
  • Marc Beique as Himself - Head of Emergency Medicine, MUHC (as Dr. Marc Beique)
  • André Picard as Himself - Public Health Journalist, Globe & Mail
  • Michael Libman as Himself - Head of Infectious Diseases MUHC (as Dr. Michael Libman)
  • Ken Alibek as Himself - Former Soviet Scientist (archive footage)
  • André Dascal as Himself - Department of Infectious Diseases, Montreal Jewish General Hospital (as Dr. André Dascal)
  • Theresa Tam as Herself - Director General, Canadian Centre for Emrgency Preparedness and Response (as Dr. Theresa Tam)

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Storyline:

Patient Zero is a stewardess, stricken with what she thinks is chickenpox. She goes to ground in a Montreal hotel room. A few weeks later, she's back on the job, unaware of her role in an impending public health catastrophe. Pandemics have killed more people throughout history than all wars combined. They are unpredictable - and inevitable. Are we ready for the next big one? Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague juxtaposes a 21st century scenario against the little-known story of the 1885 smallpox epidemic that devastated Montreal. Combining brisk narrative with rigorous research, it vividly evokes a modern city under siege, drawing eerie parallels with 1885. Confronted with social unrest, ethnic scapegoating and economic ruin, authorities struggle to maintain control - and to contain a deadly infection.

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