Freetown, Sierra Leone
We are happy to share that we have made some great progress in the editing of our film, Survivors. The very fiber of the project is an experiment in international, creative collaboration. The film explores this both in content and process. In the film, we see the international agencies struggle to mount a culturally sensitive public health campaign and form positive work environments with local Sierra Leonean workers during the Ebola outbreak. As for our own contribution, with this project and the public health messaging campaign we spearheaded, we could not be more proud of our collaboration.
This winter we had the fortune of collaborating in person with our Sierra Leonean co-Director, Arthur Pratt, for six weeks in the U.S. We were able to work together for an extended time on the writing and editing of the film. This was a critical part of the process and we are so grateful we shared this experience.
Arthur has returned to the Freetown Media Center in Sierra Leone and he and the team there are filming pick up shots and beautiful images of the city of Freetown. In the U.S., we have started a new collaboration with our consulting editor, emmy-nominated, Don Bernier. We are thrilled to have him on our team and his experience has already proven to be very valuable in the creation of this film.
Our team hopes that this film will serve as a window into a culture many have never experienced first hand, and that in this foreign space, viewers find familiarity in what it means to be human.
Thank you for your interest in Survivors. We hope that you will continue your support by making a donation and by sharing our GlobalGiving campaign with your network.
Banker White and the team at WeOwnTV
Directors, Arthur and Banker in New York City