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Killing Patient Zero

Killing Patient Zero

Documentary | English | 98 minutes


Kew Media Distribution

Cast & Crew


Laurie Lynd


Corey Russell


Fran Lebowitz, Ray Redford, Rand Gaynor, Gordon Price, Noah Stewart, Christos Tsoukas, Richard McKay, Michael Worobey



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 Gaétan Dugas – 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 amongst gay 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, the documentary weaves social history and scientific investigation into a poignant story of an individual who became intrinsically and tragically linked with AIDS. A Fadoo Productions and Fine Point Films production

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