WATCH PROMO OF DOCUMENTARY WITH ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE BY SHIMON GIFTER FOR DISCOVERY CHANNEL.
Jeremy Renner to Narrate Discovery Channel Doc About the Dangers of Mosquitoes.
The film also will feature interviews with leading experts, including former CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden and Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who says that the resources needed to fight an outbreak relative to the level of death that could result from a fatal pandemic makes this a global health priority.
“For more than 30 years, Discovery’s mission has been to ignite viewers’ curiosity, spark dialogue and encourage action on critical topics through our world-class storytelling and brands across 220 countries,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications. “Mosquito sounds a worldwide alarm about the need for bold steps to address this increasingly urgent threat. As a purpose-driven company, we are proud to leverage the strength of our unmatched television and digital services in all corners of the globe to call on citizens and worldwide leaders alike to act.”
Added Rich Ross, group president at Discovery, Animal Planet, Science Channel and Velocity: “Discovery is at its best taking a global problem and showcasing its effects on individuals and their local communities. The spread of mosquito-borne illnesses in places they have never been has the potential to change the world as we know it. Mosquito shines a spotlight on this rapidly moving issue, giving audiences the tools to understand and prepare for a new world.”
The film, shot on four continents, also features personal stories of the men, women and children affected by the mosquito. The film profiles a father and son from a remote village in Kenya who both contracted malaria despite having nets as the father must carry his son on his back to seek care; a mother from Queen, N.Y., who contracted West Nile virus in her own neighborhood; a Miami couple with a young daughter and a baby on the way who have quarantined themselves in their home for fear of contracting Zika; and a young mother from Brazil who is caring for a baby born with Zika while fearing the disease may affect her unborn child.
In conjunction with the broadcast, Discovery and CARE2 are collaborating on a petition asking people around the world to call on leaders to act before it is too late.
Mosquito is a Yap Films Production produced for Discovery Channel. It was directed by Su Rynard and executive produced by Elliott Halpern and Elizabeth Trojian for Yap Films and by John Hoffman for Discovery.