The Quiet Epidemic

  • A blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) is imaged under a microscope
  • In an effort to heal damage caused by Lyme disease, 15-year-old Julia Bruzzese receives an injection of experimental stem cells at a clinic in New Delhi, India
  • While tracking the spread of Lyme disease, an ecologist removes a blacklegged tick from a migratory bird in Kalamazoo, MI.
  • Atomic structure of a Lyme disease damaged cell

“Lyme disease was discovered in 1975, yet there
has been very little progress for patients. Even still, Lyme is
often dismissed by the medical establishment.”

Director Winslow Crane-Murdoch IN PERSON – Sun, 3/26! (sold out)
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After years of living with mysterious symptoms, a young girl from Brooklyn and a Duke University scientist are diagnosed with a disease said to not exist: Chronic Lyme disease. The Quiet Epidemic follows their search for answers, which lands them in the middle of a vicious medical debate. What begins as a patient story evolves into an investigation into the history of Lyme disease, dating back to its discovery in 1975. A paper trail of suppressed scientific research and buried documents reveal why ticks and the diseases they carry have been allowed to quietly spread around the globe.

“Through its masterful storytelling, The Quiet Epidemic does what any good investigative doc should do – it informs, infuriates, breaks your heart, and fills you with hope.” – Awards Daily

Co-Directed by Lindsay Keys & Winslow Crane-Murdoch. Produced by Daria Lombroso & Chris Hegedus
2022. DCP. 102 mins.

1h 42m
Lindsay Keys & Winslow Crane-Murdoch
United States
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