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We Heard the Bells: The Influenza of 1918 (2010)

TV-PG
57 min | Documentary

We meet individuals from marginalized communities who describe what it was like to live through the 1918 flu pandemic. Their experiences raise questions about the pandemic: why did it kill so many people? Why were so many of the dead young...See moreWe meet individuals from marginalized communities who describe what it was like to live through the 1918 flu pandemic. Their experiences raise questions about the pandemic: why did it kill so many people? Why were so many of the dead young adults? Where did this lethal flu come from? How can we keep a pandemic like that from occurring again? The film follows the search for answers from an expedition to Alaska in 1951 to collect tissue from bodies buried in the permafrost, to the scientists and epidemiologists working on the same questions today. It explains the relevance of research into the 1918 pandemic to the threat of current and future flu pandemics. Written by Lisa Laden See less
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Jan 15, 2010 (United States)

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S. Epatha Merkerson
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Maria Prats Gomez
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Annah Elnora Thurber
Herself - Stilwelll, OK Herself - Stilwelll, OK   See fewer
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Priscilla Reyna Jojola
Herself - Taos Pueblo, NM Herself - Taos Pueblo, NM   See fewer
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James Randolph Farris
Himelf - Consortium Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (as James Randolph Farris MD) Himelf - Consortium Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (as James Randolph Farris MD)   See fewer
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Tim Uyeki
Himself - Medical Epidiemiologist, NCIRD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (as Tim Uyeki MD) Himself - Medical Epidiemiologist, NCIRD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (as Tim Uyeki MD)   See fewer
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Carmen Trujillo Portillo
Herself - Los Angeles, CA Herself - Los Angeles, CA   See fewer
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Alberta Lente
Herself - Isleta Pueblo, NM Herself - Isleta Pueblo, NM   See fewer
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Reba Haimovitz
Herself - Philadelphia, PA Herself - Philadelphia, PA   See fewer
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Florence Parks
Herself - Baltimore, MD Herself - Baltimore, MD   See fewer
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Rachel Hollis
Herself - Baltimore, MD Herself - Baltimore, MD   See fewer
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David Morens
Himself - Senior Scientific Advisor, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (as David Morens MD) Himself - Senior Scientific Advisor, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (as David Morens MD)   See fewer
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Anthony Fauci
Himself - Director, NIAID, National Institutes of Health (as Anthony Fauci MD) Himself - Director, NIAID, National Institutes of Health (as Anthony Fauci MD)   See fewer
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Johan Hultin
Himself - Pathologist (as Johan Hultin MD) Himself - Pathologist (as Johan Hultin MD)   See fewer
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Albert P. McKee
Himself - Professor of Bacteriology, University of Iowa (credit only) (as Albert P. McKee MD) Himself - Professor of Bacteriology, University of Iowa (credit only) (as Albert P. McKee MD)   See fewer
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Jack Layton
Himself - Professor of Pathology, University of Iowa (credit only) (as Jack Layton MD) Himself - Professor of Pathology, University of Iowa (credit only) (as Jack Layton MD)   See fewer
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Otto W. Geist
Himself - Paleontologist, University of Alaska (credit only) (as Otto W. Geist MD) Himself - Paleontologist, University of Alaska (credit only) (as Otto W. Geist MD)   See fewer
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Jeffery Taubenberger
Himself - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (as Jeffery Taubenberger MD PhD) Himself - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (as Jeffery Taubenberger MD PhD)   See fewer
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Ann H. Reid
Herself - Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (archive footage) (as Ann Reid MD) Herself - Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (archive footage) (as Ann Reid MD)   See fewer
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Nancy Cox
Herself - Director, Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (as Nancy Cox PhD) Herself - Director, Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (as Nancy Cox PhD)   See fewer
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Alexandra Minna Stern
Herself - Center for the History of Medicine, University of Michigan (as Alexandra Minna Stern MD PhD) Herself - Center for the History of Medicine, University of Michigan (as Alexandra Minna Stern MD PhD)   See fewer
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Howard Markel
Himself - Director, Center for the History of Medicine, University of Michigan (as Howard Markel MD PhD) Himself - Director, Center for the History of Medicine, University of Michigan (as Howard Markel MD PhD)   See fewer
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Anne Schuchat
Herself - Director NCIRD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (as Anne Schuchat MD) Herself - Director NCIRD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (as Anne Schuchat MD)   See fewer
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Gloria Addo-Ayensu
Herself - Director, Health Department, Fairfax County, VA (as Gloria Addo-Ayensu MD) Herself - Director, Health Department, Fairfax County, VA (as Gloria Addo-Ayensu MD)   See fewer
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Thomas Frieden
Himself - Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (as Thomas Frieden MD MPH) Himself - Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (as Thomas Frieden MD MPH)   See fewer
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7.3 / 10 | 7 votes