Posted By Rich Kozlovich
3 BILLION AND COUNTING Opens Friday September 17th
3 Billion and Counting is in the vein of Super Size Me Meets Fahrenheit 911. This film follows the journey of Dr. Rutledge (a preventive medical doctor that grew up on a farm in Mississippi) as he travels the globe in 40 days to discover why so many women and children are still dying needlessly every 12 seconds from malaria as we speak...
He eventually finds himself in Washington DC where it all "went down" during the Nixon ERROR. He discovers that our very own US government, ONE MAN in particular, SCAMMED the American people with lies and deceit causing the death of untold millions.
He leaves no stone unturned in this heart-felt fact-finding mission that is chock full of shocking findings that are sure to open up a virtual BLIZZARD of long overdue debate.
Dr. Rutledge and his team take an in-depth look into a disease that has killed more people than any other: Malaria. Collecting testimonies from African, Indian and US Governments, charitable organizations, scientists, politicians, doctors, clinics, victims and survivors, the film exposes the politics behind domestic and international policies leading to the much-publicized 1972 ban of DDT (Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane), believed at the time to be one of the most 'dirty' chemicals ever created by man. Despite DDT's effectiveness in eradicating malaria from the US, its ban was considered a hallmark victory by the early Environmental Movement.
The banning decision, however, was fraught with lies and controversies. DDT has since been proven to be - and always has been - one of the safest, most environmentally-sound and most effective chemicals for fighting malaria, able to save millions of lives in the developing nations. When the EPA, Greenpeace, WWF and the Sierra Club refuse interviews, Dr. Rutledge realizes he is at the epicenter of a little-known force behind the environmental policy-makers, whose political agenda and ideology come with a human cost. Pop star Debbie Gibson composed the original score and original title track "Rise". (Running time 1:42)