"TB Silent Killer"

Mar 24, 2014

Frontline's "TB Silent Killer" airs on SDPB-TV Tuesday, March 25th at 9:00 pm, Central; 8 pm, Mountain. Tuberculosis was once thought to be a disease of the past. But with more than 8 million new infections every year, virulent new drug-resistant strains emerging faster than ever, and outbreaks occurring across the world (including in Europe and the United States), TB - passed simply by a cough or a sneeze - has become the second leading cause of death from an infectious disease on the planet. With starting intimacy and emotion, "TB Silent Killer" delivers an unforgettable portrait of the people living at the pandemic's epicenter. People like Nokubegha, a 10-year-old girl whose mother was just killed by a multi-drug-resistant strain of the disease, and who is now cared for by her 17-year-old brother. She loves to dance, loves to wear pink, and dreams of one day working with computers at a big company - but then she is diagnosed with TB, and the film follows her through the wrenching months of hospitalization, treatment and uncertainty. Filmmaker Jezza Neumann talked about the documentary and what it'll show viewers.

Filmmaker Jezza Neumann