Brief synopsis

THE FEVER portrays the fight against malaria in East Africa as a case study--in greed, courage and self-determination.

Covid-19 has put the world on hold. But with malaria, which has killed more people than all other diseases and wars on earth combined, it's business as usual, or even worse: Deaths are expected to double due to the lockdown in African countries. Black lives apparently don't matter.

What if there was an herb that could defeat the deadly malaria parasite and save a thousand lives per day, every day? One you could grow in your backyard, which costs next to nothing, and could be easily available for everybody in need? 

Sound good? Not everybody thinks so. Big pharma corporations fear for their profits. Donors like the Gates Foundation capitalize on high tech science. They prefer the old colonial ways, exploiting a continent already ravaged by poverty and death. And in the Global North nobody, including the experts at the World Health Organization, seem to believe that Africans have their own solutions.
In The Fever three East Africans reject this dispossession. They counter the spectacle of Black suffering, which Western documentaries often perpetuate and show how local solutions could save millions of lives - from malaria and possibly other pandemic diseases as well.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Rehema Namyaloherbalist
Dr. Richard Mukabanainsect scientist
Dr. Patrick OgwangGesundheitspolitiker
Paul Mwamuteacher
FrauenCornelia Schönwald
Dr. Hans HerrenInvestor
Dr. Youyou TuPharmakologin


Production accountantSusanna Harrer
Assistant production accountantSophia Laggner
Post production coordinatorMarkus Wailand
Title designerToby Cornish
ColoristGregor Pfüller
Director of photographySiri Klug
2nd unit dopChris Möller(VR)
2nd unit dopMarkus Wailand
1st assistant cameraJana Fitzner3. Afrika Drehblock
DirectorKatharina Weingartner
1st AD (local system)Weina Zhao
EditorAndrea Wagner
Additional editorDavid Bruckner
Assistant editorAnna Hirschmann
Assistant editorAndrea Unterweger
ProducerMarkus Wailand
Production managerGerhard Hannak
Assistant production managerNatascha Gertlbauer Neulinger
ScreenwriterKatharina Weingartner
Production sound mixerPatrick Becker
Production sound mixerRichard Fleming
Adr mixerFlorian Beck
Sound designerPeter Bräker
Sound editorPatrick Becker
Sound editorOskar van Hoogevest

Production companies

Pooldoks Filmproduktion

Distributing companies

Pooldoks FilmproduktionDistribution Austria
W-filmWorld Sales


2021SpainEcozine Film FestivalWinner: Best International Documentary
2021TanzaniaZIFF-Zanzibar International Film Festival
2020GermanyGlobaLE Leipzig
2020TaiwanInternational Human Rights Film FestivalOpening film
2020TurkeyBIFED - Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological DocumentaryFethi Kayaalp - Grand Prize
2020CanadaJAYU - Human Rights Film FestivalPremiere North America, online
2020NorwayHuman Rights Human Wrong International Documentary Film Festival
2020Czech RepublicOne World - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
2020GermanyFünf Seen Film Festival


Theatre releaseAustriaFriday, 25/09/2020
PremiereFriday, 01/11/2019Dok Leipzig