In the early 1970s, a mysterious illness was discovered among children living around the town of Lyme, CT. What was first diagnosed as isolated cases of juvenile arthritis, eventually became known as Lyme disease, one of the most misunderstood and controversial illnesses of our time.
Today, many of those untreated will suffer chronic debilitating illness. Some unknowingly will pass the disease onto their unborn children. Many will lose their livelihoods, and still others, their lives.
A chilling tale of microbes, medicine and money, this Oscar shortlisted film has changed the landscape of the Lyme epidemic, bringing unprecedented awareness in an engaging and accessible way. The definitive record of the Lyme controversy, Under Our Skin exposes a hidden story of medical and scientific malfeasance and neglect.
As official case numbers explode and hundreds of thousands of people around the world go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of the health care system and a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients.
As suspenseful and hair-raising as any Hollywood thriller, Under Our Skin is sure to get under yours. This newly released Director's Cut includes 15 minutes of restored footage, re-edited scenes and character updates. (100 min.)
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