Today, malaria kills twice as many people as AIDS, with some four million deaths a year. Of the two billion people living in regions with malaria, thirty-five percent of them is infected with this disease…It"s enough to give you the shivers.

But this disease"s progress is being marked by relative indifference. The countries affected are not the richest countries, are not the ones who could put money into laboratories, and Western governments do not really feel it"s got anything to do with them. However, things could change. At a time of globalization, everything travels, including mosquitoes that carry malaria. In addition, global warming could see malaria again reaching Europe, where it was eradicated in the 1950s. Cases have already been found in the south of the former Soviet Union.

This documentary, for viewers of all ages, will attempt to show this disease"s current status, with the endorsement of an expert from the Institut Pasteur. Specialists from all over the world describe their research, and men and women out in the field describe their experiences. Stunning images will show a parasite, seen in phosphorescent light, attacking red cells, and travelling through the organism. When necessary, computer-generated images will help to clarify scientific explanations.

From a form of malaria which can seriously hold back a country"s economy by exhausting workers through to the mortal version of the disease, from witch doctors to modern drugs, the viewer will be able to form a very clear idea of the dangers and possible solutions. The film will clarify the definition of the different types of malaria. But above all this documentary will be an investigative film, covering the subject"s political and economic aspects. Why did the attempt to add malaria to the G8"s agenda fail, even though 90 countries are affected? Why has so little money been invested in the fight against this plague? Why does this plague get so little coverage in the media? This film will try to give an answer.

Film Duration: 52 min