- Why does the definition of AIDS change from country to country and over time?
- Why do esteemed scientists debate over the HIV virus?
- Are HIV tests reliable globally?
- Are the worldwide statistics correct?
- What are the dangers of the drug treatments?
- Is global poverty the true cause of so many AIDS-related deaths?
- Why has a fatal drug like AZT been so widely used as a treatment?
- Does HIV really exist at all?
In 2006 Canadian filmmaker Brent Leung embarked on a two year journey, spanning five continents, to interview the world’s leading authorities on HIV/AIDS. His quest took him to China, Australia, South Africa, Western Europe, Canada, and the United States, where he sought out the world’s foremost scientists, doctors, advocates and activists; the men and women who have laid the foundation for everything we know (or think we know) about HIV/AIDS. These one-on-one interviews, coming more than 25 years after HIV and AIDS were first identified, are candid, revealing, at times disturbing and shocking. The information brought to light in these encounters will lead you to rethink all the conventional wisdom , as the story of HIV/AIDS is rewritten before your very eyes. More information on the film can be found at www.houseofnumbers.com
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What is HIV? What is AIDS? What is being done to cure it? These questions sent Canadian filmmaker Brent Leung on a worldwide journey, from the highest echelons of the medical research establishment to the slums of South Africa, where death and disease are the order of the day. In this up-to-the-minute documentary, he observes that although AIDS has been front-page news for over 28 years, it is barely understood. Despite the great effort, time, and money spent, no cure is in sight. The film unveils candid conversations on several key points: Why does the definition of AIDS change from country to country and over time? Why do esteemed scientists debate over the HIV virus? Are HIV tests reliable globally? Are the worldwide statistics correct? What are the dangers of the drug treatments? Scientists and prominent figures featured in House of Numbers include: Professor Luc Montagnier MD, 2008 Nobel Prize winner for discovering the HIV virus, David Baltimore PhD, 1975 Nobel Prize winner; Kenneth Cole, Chairman of AMFAR; James Curran MD, who began his career with the CDC and held leadership positions for the CDC’s HIV/AIDs research; Anthony S Fauci, Director of NIAID; Robert Gallo MD, PhD, co-discoverer of the HIV virus; Michael Gottlieb MD, credited as first doctor to diagnose AIDS; and Peter Piot MD, PhD, Director of Institute of Global Health and former Executive Director of UNAIDS. First-time filmmaker, Brent Leung, grew up as part of the “AIDS generation” – he’s never known a world without it. Yet with all of its notoriety, he realized the average person did not know that much about HIV and AIDS. What began as a 15-minute film project built around the simple question “What is HIV/AIDS?” revealed itself to be a much deeper journey. House of Numbers became a multi-faceted project that took him across five continents. Leung reveals a research establishment in disarray, and health policy gone tragically off course.