A Billion Lives
A Billion Lives
A Billion Lives is an award winning 2016 documentary film directed and narrated by Aaron Biebert. The film stars “Winston Man” David Goerlitz, former president of the World Medical Association Dr. Delon Human, and former executive director at the World Health Organization Dr. Derek Yach.
The United Nations’ World Health Organization projects that a billion people will die prematurely from smoking this century. In the next 20 years, there will be nearly 1.6 billion smokers around the world. A Billion Lives takes a critical look at the history of smoking and the corruption that’s led to the current situation where safer, healthier alternatives are banned or heavily restricted in most countries, while the cigarette trade is continually protected. The film examines major conflicts of interest and corruption between governments, big pharmaceutical companies, and public health officials. It also takes a look at the history of e-cigarettes, as well as the role vapor technology and Swedish snus have played in the current health crisis.
A Billion Lives was showcased at its world premiere, held at the prestigious Doc Edge Film Festival in Wellington, New Zealand, on May 10, 2016, where it was a finalist for Best International Feature.
A Billion Lives had its North American premiere August 6 at the historic Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where the movie was shown to a full movie theatre of about 1,400 people. Among the guests where Senator Ron Johnson, The Winston Man – Kurt Loeblich og Radiovert no:Herman Cain and Caty Tidwell from US magazine Vapun. After that they had the movie shown in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at August 11. The movie was also awarded a Silver REMI award at WorldFest Houston All 2016 WorldFest prize winners (PDF) 2016. The movie had its Hollywood premiere at Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills October 28, 2016, as well as its New York City premiere the same day, in Cinepolis, Chelsea. Its Canadian premiere was at the HotDocs Theatre in Toronto. Kathy Ireland CEO of Kathy Ireland Worldwide was the chairman of the Charlotte, NC premiere on December 8, 2016. She commented:
“‘A Billion Lives’ is an incredible reminder of the lethal dangers of smoking. Aaron Biebert takes his audience on a journey that will not be forgotten.”
The documentary premiered in Europe to a completely filled theater on June 16 at the Palace of Culture in Warsaw, Poland. It was a strong opening to the Global Forum on Nicotine where they got a Dorn Award. The movie was screened in Paris, France September 11. at Le Grand Rex and again on September 25th at “et la Geode Paris”/Vape Expo.
The movie had its UK theatrical premiere October 26 at Odeon theatres. November 12 the movie is screened at hu:Uránia Nemzeti Filmszínház in Budapest, Ungarn.
The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival showed the film on July 10, 2016, where Biebert won Best Director and they got the “Supreme Jury Prize”.
New Zealand: The movie became available on Demand.Film from October 26.
Australia: The movie became available on Demand.Film from October 26.
Official selection at the 5th annual Jozi Film Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. Screenings September 16 and 18. They won the prize for “Best International Documentary”
- Best International Documentary http://www.iol.co.za/tonight/movies/a-billion-lives-wins-award-at-jozi-film-festival-2070310
- Best Director, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2016
- Supreme Jury Prize, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2016
- Silver REMI at WorldFest Houston 2016
- nominee for “Best International Feature” – Finalist, DocEdge filmfestival 2016
- Dorn Award – GFN16 in Warszaw
Read more about the film: A Billion Lives: One Of The Most Important Films Of Our Lifetime