Killing Patient Zero

Documentary | 14A | 100 min.


Uptown Theatre 1 Sun, Oct 20, 2019 4:00 PM
Uptown Theater 5 Tue, Oct 22, 2019 4:30 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2019
Rating:14A - for mature content
Production Country:Canada
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Laurie Lynd
Produced By:Corey Russell
Screenwriter:Laurie Lynd


After the Stonewall riots and at the height of the gay liberation movement in America, an entire generation were busy celebrating their newfound emancipation, unaware of an impending epidemic – a disease that was largely ignored by politicians and the mainstream media. Gaetan Dugas was a French-Canadian flight attendant, who offered to help early scientific research into the origins of AIDS. An unfortunate series of events followed and he would be vilified as Patient Zero, the man who gave us AIDS. This feature documentary based on Richard McKay’s groundbreaking book, Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic, will clear Dugas of being anything other than a highly sexually active gay man, someone who – like hundreds of other gay men – refused to be re-pathologized by the scientists and doctors of the time. Many gay men and women who lived through that terrible time were also interviewed here, most notably, Fran Lebowitz.

GUEST Q&A | Oct 20, 4:00 pm

Laurie Lynd
is a Directors Guild of Canada and Genie award winning writer/director whose film work has been screened at dozens of international film festivals, including SUNDANCE, TIFF and MOMA’s New Directors/New Films; his television work has aired on BBC, Sky TV, Logo, Showtime, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, CBC, CTV, CITY, A&E, Discovery and many other networks.