Ebola Survivors sharing their experiences
Hello GlobalGiving Community,
This summer has been a busy one for the WeOwnTV and the filmmakers of the Freetown Media Center. In June, arthur, Barmmy, anna and myself travelled to the Encounters International Documentray Film Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, to world premiere the Survivors documentray. It was an amazing experience and the film was recieved incredibly well. Arthur was the first Sierra Leoean Director share a film at the festival and the film was selected as a Best of Fest screening pick and they added two screenings before we departed. After Encounters the whole team travelled to the Shanghai International Film Festival to share the film at the one of the largest film festivals in the Asian market. It was was a wonderful launch and we can't wait for more.
We also also could not be more proud of the WeSurvive project and the work we are doing to share this important collection of first person testimonials about the outbreak: it is the perfect companion to our film. We recently solidified a partnership with Emory University to host the archive ensuring the projects future. The media center team continued to interview Survivors through the Spring and again this past July. In September, Sierra Leonean Director Arthur Pratt and Co-Director Barmmy Mansaray will be traveling through the US with the Survivors film. We are booking up fast so if you know of anyone - African studies scholars, Public Health Experts, Epidemiologists, Anthropologists, International Aid Organizations, Religious Organizations, Medical NGOs, Gender Studies experts, or others who may be interested in booking a screening of this historic film, please let us know.
"With unflinching intimacy, Survivors places us in the midst of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Chronicling the unfolding bravery, bureaucratic blunder, and deep humanity of an African community under siege, these Sierra Leonean filmmakers see their world with the clarity and empathy possessed only by extraordinary storytellers. It is a remarkable film.”
- Robb Moss, Filmmaker and Chair, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University
Survivors @ the Shanghai International Film Fest