Under Our Skin
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.)
Under Our Skin 2: Emergence DVD
Academy Award semifinalist, Under Our Skin, brought unprecedented awareness to the shocking reality of Lyme disease — an often-chronic condition many doctors claim is “all in your head."
Since then, and in response to the pressure that the film brought, the CDC upped its estimate of annual cases by 10 times, making Lyme disease in the U.S. more prevalent than HIV and breast cancer combined.
Screened to millions worldwide, the film has saved the lives and livelihoods of both Lyme patients and the physicians treating them. Scientific hypotheses, such as Lyme biofilms, first introduced in Under Our Skin, are now widely accepted.
Emergence, the highly-anticipated sequel, investigates the deepening Lyme disease crisis and follows its casualties and controversies around the world. As the Lyme epidemic explodes globally, medical collusion and conflicts of interest incriminate the very healthcare systems meant to protect us.
Despite the obstacles that researchers, physicians and patients continue to face, promising new findings are emerging. And when we revisit the unforgettable characters from Under Our Skin, we see that they have moved from horror to hope, arriving at better health and reclaiming their lives.
The Under Our Skin 2: Emergence DVD is 60 minutes.