We are presenting ‘Dr Wise on Influenza’, a 1919 public information film as part of the 15th International Silent Film Festival Manila (ISFF), which takes place online from 24 November to 3 December 2021. The festival brings together silent films with original musical scores to create a unique cinematic experience.
The film was commissioned by Britain’s Local Government Board (later the Ministry of Health) as the country fell under the grip of the Great Influenza of 1918-19. The hard-hitting film was made at the height of the pandemic designed to shock people out of their complacency towards this common illness and take preventative measures. Through the British Film Institute, 'Dr Wise on Influenza' premieres online in the Philippines on 26 November, Friday, 3.00 p.m., via the Film Development Council of the Philippines' channel: https://fdcpchannel.ph/isffm2021