Via ThisDay Live: Coming Soon…93 Days, A Film on Ebola. Excerpt:
Behind-the-scene activities for the production of the movie, 93 Days: A Nation’s Story on Survival and Sacrifice, are revving up a notch. The movie, based on the true-life story of men and women who risked their lives and made sacrifices to save their compatriots from the consequences of the outbreak of the highly-dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, is directed by Steve Gukas, and produced by Bolanle Austen-Peters, Dotun Olakunri, Steve Gukas and Pemon Rami. It is a compelling human story of dedication, sacrifice, resilience and survival.
The movie tells the story of the bravery of the late Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh and her colleagues. This is from their encounter with the late American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who was the index case of the Ebola Virus Disease to their efforts at ensuring that the right medical procedures were in place to stop the spread of the disease in the country.
It is now history that, during the period in question, they not only prevented a national catastrophe and international contagion, but also left a permanent mark on the society and solidified their legacy as courageous Nigerians amid continuous support from the Lagos State Government, Federal Government, World Health Organisation (WHO), MSF and other organisations.
Thus, the movie’s celebration of these icons is akin to the celebration of the nation’s potential to stand for what is right, serve selflessly and make a difference in the world.
“We recognise that we have to tell our own stories,” says one of the movie’s producers, Bolanle Austen-Peters, who is also the managing director of the Victoria Island-based Terra Kulture. “Also recognise that hardly ever are all the stars aligned to allow Nigeria and Nigerians shine on the international scene. Our role is to celebrate our heroes and Nigeria on the global scene.”