Documentary about the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone to screen at library
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of the award-winning documentary “Survivors,” a portrait of the Ebola outbreak through the eyes of Sierra Leonean filmmaker Arthur Pratt, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, in Library Hall.
The film presents an intimate portrait of Sierra Leon during the crisis, exposing the complexity of the epidemic and the sociopolitical turmoil that lies in its wake. During one of the most acute public health crises of the modern era, the film reveals the bureaucratic missteps that took place, as well as remarkable stories of individual bravery and the deep humanity of those caught in the middle of this unfolding crisis.
What: “Survivors” Ebola documentary screening
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28
Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library
“Survivors” interweaves the heroic stories of Mohamed Bangura, the senior ambulance driver at the country’s main ambulance dispatch location, and Margaret Sesay, a nurse who works at the emergency Ebola treatment center in Freetown caring for some of the sickest patients. Through intimate footage of these characters’ daily lives, the film not only explores how the epidemic ravaged families and communities, but it also reveals broken infrastructures, deep misunderstandings between international aid organizations and the communities they serve, as well as unresolved political tensions after the decadelong civil war.
This special community screening is part of the library’s collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Visit SteamboatLibrary.org/events for more information.
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