Antibiotics were first massed-produced in the 1940s. Their ability to fight and kill bacteria revolutionized medicine and had profound effects on everything from agriculture to war. After less than 80 years, however, these miracle drugs are failing.
Resistant infections kill hundreds of thousands of people around the world each year, and there are now dozens of so-called Superbugs each with its own challenges and costs.
How did this happen?
Using microscopic footage, harrowing personal stories, and expert insights, this documentary clarifies the problem of antibiotic resistance, how we got to this point, and what we can do to turn the tide.
About the Filmmakers
Resistance was produced by Cinetic and directed by Michael Graziano. Find out more about the film at resistancethefilm.com.
“I hope Resistance will find a broad audience. After all, antibiotic resistance potentially affects everyone—the terrifying thing about antibiotic-resistant bacteria is that they can strike anyone under unexpected circumstances. Happily, almost anybody can take action, by boycotting meat and dairy producers that use antibiotics on healthy animals, and by declining to take antibiotics for infections that are probably viral as opposed to bacterial—like that cold I mentioned above. In fact, after watching Resistance, you won’t even think of asking your doctor for antibiotics unless you’re really sick—which is exactly how they’re meant to be used.” – L.V. Anderson. Slate. This Terrifying Documentary Will Convince You to Start Caring About Antibiotic Abuse. 20 Feb 2015
“Resistance is surprisingly engaging, without descending into fear-mongering. The film takes pains to convey the severity and urgency of the problem, but its treatment is level-headed. Graziano clearly recognizes the subtleties that have made antibiotic resistance a thorny issue, and the film’s scientific explanations are laudably cogent and clear.” – Zachary Miller. Yale Scientific. Documentary Review: Resistance. 23 Mar 2016
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