“The Lucky Specials”: A first look and clips from the upcoming film

Friday, October 28 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm
ACC Liverpool | Session Room 1A

A Movie Demystifying TB
Hosted by Management Sciences for Health

13600090_275549446141614_1014646449171706537_nHow do you connect with the public about tuberculosis in a new way?  How do you tell a compelling public health story in a world cluttered with health messages?  The Leadership Management and Governance (LMG) Project implemented by MSH together with Discovery Learning Alliance (DLA), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and Wellcome Trust share their innovative initiative “The Lucky Specials,” a feature film aimed at changing how communities and individuals understand and respond to TB.

Panelists (Invited)


  • Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, MD, S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
  • Catharine Taylor, Vice President, MSH
  • Tim Greene, co-writer, Producer, Quizzical Pictures
  • Aric Noboa, Producer, President, Discovery Learning Alliance
  • Laura Helft PhD, Senior Science Researcher, HHMI
  • Allison Russel MBBCh, Treatment Advisor, USAID RHAP

The Lucky Specials are a small-time cover band in a dusty mining town in southern Africa. Mandla (Oros Mampofu) works as a miner by day, but is passionate about playing guitar and dreams of making it big in the music industry. When tragedy strikes and he contracts tuberculosis, Mandla, his friend (Sivenathi Mabuya) and the band must find the strength to make their dreams reality.

Produced by Discovery Learning Alliance and Quizzical Pictures in association with Tangled Bank Studios, “The Lucky Specials” combines fiction and non-fiction storytelling to replace misconceptions about TB with facts. By making the film personal, practical and memorable, audiences will retain critical health information in a context that reflects southern African life and values. The film was made possible thanks to the support of Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Wellcome Trust, USAID and PEPFAR through the Leadership, Management & Governance Project, led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

Refreshments will be served.

Visit “The Lucky Specials” for more information.