House of Numbers
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|Director:||Brent W. Leung||Country:||USA, UK, Canada|
|Writer:||N/A||Original Format:||HDV, HDCAM, Digi Beta|
|Dir. of Photography:||Pouria Montazeri||Print Source:||Brent W. Leung|
|Producer:||Brent W. Leung, Ursula Rowan|
|Cast:||Dr. Luc Montagnier, Dr. Robert Gallo, Kenneth Cole|
In "House Of Numbers", an AIDS film like no other, the HIV/AIDS story is being rewritten. This is the first film to present the uncensored POVs of virtually all the major players; in their own settings, in their own words. It rocks the foundation upon which all conventional wisdom regarding HIV/AIDS is based. "House of Numbers" could well be the opening volley in a battle to bring sanity and clarity to an epidemic gone awry.
In a film that has already been branded as controversial, defamatory, denialist and propagandist, The House Of Numbers has already attracted huge pressure to be dropped from the festival. The furore the documentary (largely unseen) has provoked, seems to focus around allegations the film denies the existence of HIV.
Brent Leung’s investigation into the history of AIDS/HIV is a thought-provoking documentary, raising a wealth of questions regarding the assessment and treatment of the virus and the immense discrepancies in the categorisation of the disease. Touring the world interviewing leading figures in the field, Brent makes a number of disturbing statements. He identifies the historic ‘causes’ of the disease, initially known as GRID (Gay –Related Imune Deficiency). Examining the causes for ‘denialist’ movements, he pins out the inconsistencies in the initial researches, and the fatality of the primary medications to the disease, supported by balanced contributions by its contributors.
Most interestingly, Brent Leung’s attempt at exploring the theories behind claims HIV do not cause Aids, show an underlying issue in so far as the scientific world remain divided over the virus and is a fascinating insight into the denialist movement.
House of Numbers raises a number of challenging and disturbing thoughts, at times emotional and overall eye-opening.
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