The award-winning documentary feature film A Billion Lives, which has been capturing headlines at international film festivals, including grabbing the Supreme Jury Prize and Best Director awards at the 2016 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, will have its African premiere at the fifth annual Jozi Film Festival on Friday, 16 September at Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau.
After a friend’s untimely death from lung cancer, the director Aaron Biebert began to research smoking addiction, the chances of quitting, and what therapies work. Igniting controversy about the vaping industry, A Billion Lives features compelling interviews from leading scientists, doctors, technologists, policy makers and health organizations, including two South African doctors:
· Dr. Derek Yach – Former Executive Director for the World Health Organization (WHO) and currently Chief Health Officer of the Vitality Institute, an action-oriented global health research organization. Dr. Yach serves on several advisory boards including the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Economic Forum, and the NIH’s Fogarty International Centre.
· Dr. Delon Human – Former President of the World Medical Association (WMA) and adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.
“We are very proud to be screening this eye-opening and oftentimes shocking film at this year’s festival. Biebert’s documentary ensures that the facts speak for themselves – when you leave the cinema after this film, you will think differently about vaping and the e-cigarette industry.” says JFF’s Lisa Henry.