The Man Who Saved a Million Brains
(26 minutes) Australia/Tibet
Director/Producer: Kate Riedl
Imagine a disease so bizarre it curses entire towns with cretinism. Imagine a condition that causes the IQ of entire nations to plummet from 110 points to a mentally retarded 85. Imagine that the same medical nightmare creates deafness, shrunken and deformed skeletons, and manufactures monstrous growths that protrude from its victim's bodies. It is a disease that is re-emerging in Australia. Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) is such a disease. Although it is one the world's most common preventable causes of brain damage, 2.2 billion people worldwide suffer from it. The Man Who Saved a Million Brains looks at the work of Professor Cres Eastman, a world-renowned endocrinologist, who has spent the past twenty years fighting Iodine Deficiency Disorder in the remotest parts of Tibet. This is the story of a doctor's crusade to save children from a destructive disease. The cure is effective, cheap and simpleóbut is the message getting through?
Australian Kate Riedl is an award-winning filmmaker. She completed her B.A. at the University of Sydney in 1992. After a brief stint in the corporate world, she took up the position of general manager of the Australian National Playwrights Centre. There she focused on the development of new Australian drama, through the running of the National Playwrights Conference. Kate then moved into film and earned her M.A. at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in 2000.
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