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Infectious Diseases: Tetanus

Technical details

Original title: The Children of Huang Shi.

Other titles: Los niños de Huang Shi (Spain). Los niños de China (Mexico, Peru and Venezuela).

Country: Australia, China, Germany and USA.

Year: 2008.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode.

Music: David Hirschfelder.

Fotografía: Xiaoding Zhao.

Film editor: Geoffrey Lamb.

Screenwriter: Jane Hawksley and James MacManusy.

Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Guang Li, Lin Ji, Matt Walker, Anastasia Kolpakova, Ping Su, Imai Hideaki, Sciichiro Hashimoto, Shinichi Takashima, Xing Mang, Ruixiang Zhu, Yuelong Fang…

Color: color.

Runtime: 125 minutes.

Genre: Drama, War and Biographical.

Language: English, Japanese, and Mandarin.
Producers: Australian Film Finance Corporation (AFFC), Ming Productions, Bluewater Pictures, Zero Fiction Film (as Zero Fiction)...

Synopsis: The film narrates the activities of George Hogg (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a British journalist in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. It focuses on the care he provided to the children in an orphanage.


Technical details

Original title: Yaaba.

Country: Burkina Faso, Switzerland and France.

Year: 1989.

Director: Idrissa Ouedraogo.

Music: Francis Bebey.

Photography: Matthias Kälin.

Film editor: Loredana Cristelli.

Guión: Idrissa Ouedraogo.

Cast: Fatima Sanga, Noufou Ouedraogo, Roukietou Barry, Adama Ouédraogo, Amadé Toure, Sibidou Ouédraogo, Adame Sidibe, Rasmane Ouedraogo, Kinda Moumouni, Assita Ouedraogo, Zenabou Ouedraogo and Ousmane Sawadogo.

Color: color.

Runtime: 90 minutes.

Genre: Drama, Family.

Language: More.

Producer: Arcadia Films, Les Films de l'Avenir and Thelma Film AG.

Synopsis: The action takes place in a small African village. A Yaaba (Fatima Sanga) is thrown out of the community because the townsfolk believe she is a witch. Only Bila (Noufou Ouedraogo), a young 10-year-old boy dares transgress the rules and continues to see her. The Yaaba saves his cousin Nopoko (Roukietou Barry) when he contracts tetanus.

Awards: FIPRESCI prize, Cannes Film Festival (1989).


José Elías García Sánchez1, Enrique García Sánchez1, María Lucila Merino Marcos2

1Departamento de Medicina Preventiva, Salud Pública y Microbiología Médica. Facultad de Medicina. Universidad de Salamanca (Spain).

2Departamento de Pediatría del Hospital Universitario de Salamanca (Spain).

Correspondence: José Elías García Sánchez. Facultad de Medicina. Avda. Alfonso X El Sabio s/n. 37007 Salamanca (Spain).

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Action: From 1937 to 1845 (From Huang Shi to the mountain of Liu Pan Shan, China). American poster.

George Hogg became infected with spores of Clostridium tetani through a small wound. After the incubation period he developed:

Stiffness of the neck,


…risus sardonicus,

…trismus, or lock-jaw,

…fever and

…generalized muscular spasms.

Because they took so long to get the anti tetanus serum

…he died.

Action: The time of filming (a rural area in Burkina Faso). French poster.

Traumatic inoculation through a wound produced during a knife-fight.