House of Numbers
House of Numbers is a 2009 film directed and produced by Brent Leung, which purports to objectively examine the hypothesis that HIV causes AIDS. Of course, what it turns out to actually be is a "weaselly support pamphlet for AIDS denialists" and "a dreary and pernicious piece of AIDS denialist propaganda."
The film consists mostly of Leung interviewing a range of scientists and HIV denialists, including Christine Maggiore, an HIV-positive denialist whose 3-year-old daughter died of untreated AIDS, and who herself succumbed to AIDS-induced pneumonia before the film was released, although her death is only mentioned in small print in the closing credits along with a claim that it was "unrelated to HIV."
The film makes liberal use of cherry-picking, and many of the scientists interviewed for the film complained that they had been interviewed under false pretenses, and that their answers to Leung's questions were selectively edited to convey a false impression that the scientific community disagrees on the basic facts about HIV/AIDS. Two interviewees later cited examples supporting the allegation that Leung misrepresented their words in a "surely intentional" manner. A panel discussion of the film at a Boston film festival was disrupted by Leung and other HIV/AIDS denialists in the audience, who attempted to shout down members of the panel they disagreed with.
Reaction from the scientific community was, predictably, negative. Someone should really take the time to rebut all the arguments individually, but basically it's just the HIV/AIDS denialist version of Expelled.
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