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First Letter to Prof. Iliffe

February 21st, 2006

Dear Professor Iliffe,

I recently heard from a Cambridge undergraduate about the impending publication of your new book about the history of AIDS in Africa. I immediately ordered it through Amazon and it arrived a few days ago.

Tracing HIV's Steps

ScienceNOW Daily News

DENVER, COLORADO--Clarifying the origin of AIDS won't prevent or cure any HIV infections, but the mystery has long gripped the field. Two groups studying wild chimpanzees in Cameroon reported progress on that front here this week at the 13th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

Analysis: Tracking the source of AIDS

United Press International

The work was gross, smelly and messy, but when the scientists were finished their dirty work was rewarded with a gem of research: the origin of the virus that causes AIDS.

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.

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".]

Obituary for Maria Luisa Bozzi, 1939-2004

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death, in Torino, Italy on May 11th, 2004, of Bill Hamilton's partner of his last six years, Maria Luisa Bozzi.

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.

Docs Without Borders

Brian D. Johnson, Macleans, May 10, 2004.

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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.

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.

Questions Sur Les Origines du Sida

L'Humanité, 23 avril 2004

© 2004 L'Humanité

Sida. À l'occasion du 10e Sidaction, France 2 diffuse ce soir un documentaire controversé sur la naissance du virus. Il met en avant la thèse qui ferait d'un vaccin antipolio, administré à un million d'Africains à la fin des années cinquante, le responsable de l'épidémie.

The Dirty Side of the Origin-of-AIDS Debate

In 1999, when my book The River was published, considerable publicity was given to the theory that AIDS might have arisen as a result of a contaminated oral polio vaccine (OPV) called CHAT, which was fed to roughly a million persons in central Africa between 1957 and 1960.

Aids and the Polio Vaccine

Correspondence in the London Review of Books, 2003, following publication of Edward Hooper's article. For a longer version of this article, see "The story of a man-made disease".


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