28 Days Later + The Polio Crusade
Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Danny Boyle’s groundbreaking zombie film reimagining, introduced by an epidemiologist working to improve outbreak response and preparedness.
This screening is made possible with the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
With an introduction by Dr. Caitlin Rivers—infectious disease epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security which advises U.S. and international leaders on epidemics—about how quickly viruses can spread and the importance of interventions like vaccines in response, accompanied by public understanding of these interventions.
28 Days Later
Dir. Danny Boyle. U.K., 2002, 113 mins. With Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston. One of the most influential horror films of the 21st century, 28 Days Later is a tightly conceived and powerful look at a society overcome by a virus that doesn’t kill, but causes people to turn on each other by inducing rage. A smash for Trainspotting director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland (Ex Machina), this prescient thriller masterfully updated the zombie genre. Rated: R
The Polio Crusade
Dir. Sarah Colt. U.S., 2009, 53 mins. Interweaving personal accounts of polio survivors, historians, and the only living scientist from the team that developed the vaccine, The Polio Crusade reminds us of the economic depression and social stigma that were at the height of the polio epidemic in 1930s America, as well as the importance of gaining the public’s trust despite misinformation campaigns. This documentary was made with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s partnership with PBS’s The American Experience. Not Rated