As part of the After the End of Disease conference, please join us for
In the Shadow of Ebola (2014)
A film by Gregg Mitman and Sarita Siegel
18:30-20:30 Wednesday, May 25
The Reading Room, Wellcome Collection (183 Euston Rd)
In the Shadow of Ebola is an intimate story of a family and a nation struggling against the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. We follow a Liberian student and his family living divided between the United States and Liberia. As the crisis unfolds, loved ones are isolated in Monrovia where the government is shut down, schools and markets are closed, and food prices are rising.
Liberians find themselves fighting an invisible war that is painfully reminiscent of the chaos and confusion of the fourteen-year Liberian civil war, which ended a mere decade ago. When the Liberian government responds to the crisis initially with military-enforced quarantines and curfews, mistrust and anger among Monrovia’s residents grow.
As the death toll from Ebola climbs, and a quarantine results in the shooting and death of a 15-year old boy, mistrust and disbelief are replaced by compassion and inner resolve to combat the spread of the virus. With international aid slow to arrive, Liberians turn to each other for help, as healthcare workers, musicians, and artists join forces on the front lines in public health education campaigns. The steps toward community empowerment and action help to build trust and stabilize the number of new Ebola cases. But the ripple effects—food insecurity, overwhelmed medical infrastructure, and economic isolation—endure.
The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
Dr. Patricia Kingori (Oxford)
Prof. Gregg Mitman (University of Wisconsin)
Dr. Jessica Reinisch (Birkbeck)
Sarita Siegel (Alchemy Films)
Dr. Karen Wells (Birkbeck)