Survivors: a portrait of the Ebola crisis

by WeOwnTV


Through the eyes of Sierra Leonean filmmakers, Survivors presents an unforgettable portrait of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The team focuses their lens on unfolding stories of Sierra Leonean heroism all around them. Through the courageous stories of local Sierra Leonean nursing staff, volunteers, patients and their families we see enduring humanity amidst the outbreak. Banker White and Anna Fitch are collaborating with African filmmakers Arthur Pratt and Lansana Mansaray.
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The public-health crisis in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remains critical as a result of the recent Ebola outbreak. Existing hospitals are ill-equipped, medical staff are too few, current workers exhausted, and these local health systems are near collapse. Our aim is to help deepen understanding and inspire compassion towards the individuals, communities and countries affected by Ebola. We are working on short form and feature length content.


The philosophy behind WeOwnTV's work in Sierra Leone has always been that no one is more qualified to help Sierra Leone than Sierra Leoneans themselves. This has never proved as true and significant as it is right now in the midst of this crisis. Our entire production team is made up of Sierra Leonean filmmakers and the goal of the film is to share the experience of the outbreak through their eyes, while also presenting intimate portraits of African heroes on the front line.

Long-Term Impact

Our goal in producing this documentary content is to ensure that African filmmakers and journalists are a major part of reporting on and documenting this outbreak. We will focus on community members, nurses, doctors, burial team workers, and survivors and present a human side to the pandemic. Our belief is that this authentic African voice will encourage compassion and understanding and help pave the way for healing and progress for Sierra Leone and it's neighbors both now and into the future.


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Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Banker White
San Francisco, CA United States
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