Unseen Enemy

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

Written & Directed by Janet Tobias


Unseen Enemy examines why in the 21st century we are experiencing a rash of diseases that were once only outbreaks but have now become full-blown epidemics. Moving across the globe, you’ll meet our characters: doctors, disease detectives, everyday men and women. Every one of them has stepped into the horror of an epidemic and emerged deeply changed.

Examining the recent epidemics of Ebola, Influenza, and Zika, Unseen Enemy makes it clear that epidemics bring out the best and worst of human behavior, and that their effect goes far beyond the terrible tolls of sickness and death. We are all connected to any person, animal, and insect that may have an infectious disease incubating in them. Our connections can be either incredibly dangerous or powerful forces for good. It is our choice which becomes true.

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Global Broadcast

Available on CNN.com/go until May 8th.

Saturday, April 15th

CNN at 9pm ET (6pm PT)

CNN at 2am ET (11pm PT)

Follow-up discussion featuring Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Anderson Cooper and Janet Tobias

April 7th

World Health Day Broadcast

CNN United States & Canada

April 6th

ETV2 Estonia

DirectTV Latin America

DirectTV Venezuela

April 5th

RTHK Hong Kong

April 4th

ARTE France

ARTE/WDR Germany

YES Israel

TVN Poland

Please check back for new additions to our global broadcast schedule. We look forward to sharing the film with everyone on Video on Demand and DVD in the coming months.

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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