It Takes All of Us Presents

Unseen Enemy

Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, Emmy® and Golden Globe award-winning actor

Written & Directed by Janet Tobias

Official Selection: Copenhagen Film Festival

CNN Films

In the 21st century, we are all connected…

Population growth, mass urbanization, deforestation, climate change and increased travel have dramatically increased the risk that familiar diseases will spread and mutate, and new ones will emerge. As people enter new spheres of biodiversity, they come into closer contact with other species, allowing viruses to jump from from animals to humans and then spread more widely.

Unseen Enemy is an essential exploration into the increasing threat of emerging infectious disease outbreaks and their societal impacts. Meet healthcare workers, disease detectives and families who have experienced the horror and devastation of Ebola, Zika and Influenza epidemics and emerged deeply changed. Watch the official trailer below and scroll further for events, screenings and to follow the stories in our impact campaign It Takes All of Us.

Global Broadcast

April 4
ARTE in France
ARTE in Germany
YES in Israel
TVN in Poland

April 5
RTHK in Hong Kong

April 6
ETV2 20:00 in Estonia
DirectTV 21:00 in Latin America
DirectTV 22:00 in Venezuela

April 7
World Health Day Broadcast
CNN 9:00 PM in the United States
CNN 9:00 PM in Canada

8 April
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Screenings & Special Events

Wednesday 22 March at 19:00
CPH:DOX Screening
Nordisk Film Palads
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Thursday, 23 March at 18:00
ARTE / WDR Presents Unseen Enemy (in German)
Filmforum / Kino in Museum Ludwig
Köln, Germany
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Tuesday, 28 March at 19:00
Berlin Premiere
Berlin, Germany
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Friday, 31 March 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Boston Unseen Enemy Premiere
Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA
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Sunday, 2 April 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
National Academy of Medicine DC Premiere of Unseen Enemy
NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington DC
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I walked away from working on this film with a deep understanding that what I do affects the people around me, everyone from loved ones to passers-by. I could sit next to a child, a grandmother, a man undergoing cancer treatment and give them the flu (or any other disease) and hospitalize or kill them without even knowing it. Each of us have a role to play, and it won’t work unless we all contribute.

What will it take for the world to see that now more than ever we’re all the frontline of global health?

Janet Tobias, Director

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Partners & Allies

Supporting Partners

Johnson & Johnson
Wellcome Trust
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Mission Allies

Global Citizen
Global Moms Challenge
Global Reporting Centre
Institut Pasteur
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
National Academy of Medicine
NYU College of Global Public Health
Skoll Global Health Threats Fund
University of British Columbia
Boston Public Health


Alana's Foundation
Ashley McCormick Foundation
Families Fighting Flu
Fight the Flu Foundation
No More Epidemics