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"The Origins of AIDS" Documentary, 2003

Although versions of this multiple prize-winning film (which focuses on the OPV theory and the opposition it has encountered) have been available on and off on the Web for the last 10 years, the Canadian producers have made strenuous efforts to have any unofficial versions taken down. This would have been entirely reasonable had they made it easy to purchase the film documentary through other channels, but rather surprisingly they have not done so.

Gemini Award for The Origins of AIDS

At the 20th annual Gemini Awards on Thursday 17 November 2005,The Origin of AIDS was named best Science, Technology, Nature, Environment or Adventure Documentary Program.

The Geminis are bestowed by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, a national non-profit organization of 4,000 industry professionals dedicated to promoting awareness of Canada's film and television industry.

Sundance Channel Acquires Rights

Sundance Channel Acquires Rights to Controversial Documentary The Origins of AIDS

Multiple Award-Winner to Premiere on February 7th at 9:00pm ET/PT

Copyright 2005 PR Newswire Association LLC. All Rights Reserved. PR Newswire US. January 11, 2005 Tuesday

NEW YORK, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Sundance Channel has acquired pay television rights to the controversial, award-winning documentary The Origins of AIDS, directed by Peter Chappell and Catherine Peix. The Origins of AIDS premieres on February 7th at 9:00pm. The deal was negotiated by Christian Vesper, Vice President Acquisitions, Sundance Channel and by Julie Goldman, Cactus Three on behalf of the filmmakers.

Prix Europa

Prix Europa Current Affairs Television Programme of the Year, 2004

The MFP/Galafilm production, "The Origins of AIDS", has just won another major prize, which was awarded in Berlin on Saturday October 23rd. Apparently the Prix Europa is reckoned by most people in the film world to rank second only to an Emmy.

To quote part of the jury's commendation: "[T]his film.....makes us think about how little we know about our "current affairs" and how deeply we trust in what science and scientists tell us."

Emmy Nomination for "The Origins of AIDS"

On October 4th, 2004, it was announced that the MFP/Galafilm documentary, "The Origins of AIDS", had been shortlisted for an International Emmy in the "best documentary" category. This follows a series of other awards that the film has won at film festivals around the world.

While the Emmy nomination is clearly a tribute to the skills of the film-makers, rather than to the viability of the OPV/AIDS hypothesis per se, this honour comes at a particularly ironical time - in the midst of a new legal onslaught by doctors Koprowski and Plotkin, who are seeking to dissuade television companies and film festivals from showing the film. [See separate article: "The New Round of Legal Threats by Doctors Koprowski and Plotkin".]

Voici la Chronique Arts et Spectacles

Nouvelles tele-radio (NTR), May 10, 2004

© 2004 Press News Limited

MONTREAL _ (PC) _ Au Festival canadien du documentaire international Hot Docs, le film " Les Origines du SIDA ", une co-production de la maison montrealaise Galafilm, a obtenu le prix de la meilleure realisation.

Downtown Express

Village Voice (New York, NY), May 4, 2004

© 2004 VV Publishing Corporation

The Origins of AIDS. By now it seems clear that AIDS was born from contact between humans and chimpanzees infected by the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus. Peter Chappell and Catherine Peix's highly disquieting doc explores the possibility that the devastating transfer was inadvertently caused by scientists. Witnesses recount how chimps were used in the manufacture of virologist Hilary Koprowski's experimental polio vaccine in Africa; he denies all knowledge of the matter. Elliott Stein

The Origins of AIDS

Ronnie Scheib, Variety, May 3, 2004

© 2004 Reed Elsevier Inc.


A Multimedia France Prods. (in France)/Les Prods. Galafilm (in Canada)/Pathe Archives/Films de la Passerelle (in Belgium)/RTBF (Belgium Television)/Produce+ production with the participation of Frame 2 in association with Channel 4/CBC (in Canada). Produced by Christine Le Goff, Arnie Gelbart, Christine Pireaux.

Directed by Peter Chappell, Catherine Peix. Written by Chappell, Stephane Horel. Camera (B&W/color, DV), Peter Krieger, Mark Daniels; editor, Peix; music, Frederic Lagnau. Reviewed on videocassette, New York, April 25, 2004. (In Tribeca Film Festival --- competing, and Hot Docs Festival.) Running time: 91 MIN.

Our Map to the Madness

Nathan Lee, The New York Sun, April 30, 2004

© 2004 The New York Sun, One SL, LLC

... On a more somber note, a disturbing and provocative inquiry into "The Origins of AIDS" (May 2 at 6:30 p.m., May 4 at 3:30 p.m., May 5 at 3 p.m.) deserves to be seen far beyond its Tribeca screenings. Directed by Peter Chappell and Catherine Peix and largely drawn from Edward Hooper's controversial 1999 book "The River," the documentary masterfully illustrates his thesis and expands on it with startling new reporting.

Un Documentaire sur « Les Origines du Sida »

Un documentaire sur « les origines du sida » suscite une polémique; La thèse du film diffusé sur France 2 est contestée

Sylvie Kerviel, Le Monde, 28 avril 2004

© 2004 Le Monde

TITRE: Les Origines du sida
AUTEUR: Peter Chappell, Catherine Peix

APRÈS LA DIFFUSION, vendredi 23 avril, à 22 h 50 sur France 2, du film documentaire Les Origines du sida, de Peter Chappell et Catherine Peix, l 'association Aides et le Conseil national du sida (CNS) ont chacun publié, vendredi 23 avril, un communiqué pour « regretter » la programmation de ce film, dont le contenu est, selon eux, « erroné ».

La Thèse Controversée

La thèse controversée; Sur France 2, une enquête propose une nouvelle explication sur la transmission du virus du chimpanzé à l"homme

Martine Perez, Le Figaro, 23 avril 2004

© 2004 Le Figaro

Les Origines du Sida

Date de diffusion : 23 avril 2004 - 22H50

Documentaire. Réalisé par Peter Chappell et Catherine Peix. D'après Stéphane Horel et Peter Chappell. Musique de Frédéric Lagnau. Produit par MFP. Coproduit par Les Productions Galafilm, Les Films de la Passerelle, Pathé Archives et Produce +.

Un documentaire exceptionnel

Haro Sur un Docu Sur le Sida

Libération, 28 avril 2004

© 2004 Libération

La diffusion, vendredi 23 avril sur France 2, dans le cadre du Sidaction, du documentaire de Peter Chappell et Catherine Peix les Origines du sida, qui reprend l'hypothèse, infirmée par de nombreux scientifiques, de la contamination par un vaccin antipoliomyélite (Libération du 23 avril), suscite une polémique.


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