Documentary focusing on Ebola in Liberia now available online on PBS/Independent Lens

“In the Shadow of Ebola” is an intimate story of a family and a nation torn apart by the Ebola outbreak. The documentary weaves together a family’s personal story with the story of a nation, as Liberian perspectives and voices come together to connect Ebola’s lasting effects across borders. The film ultimately highlights the importance of history, public health infrastructure, and trust in addressing the Ebola outbreak.
“Until we can put a face on it, Ebola seems pretty remote,” Mitman says. “This movie offers a personal look at what life has been like for people living through the worst Ebola outbreak in history.”
“In the Shadow of Ebola” is a perfect learning opportunity for classes in global health, and is being used by the Center for Disease Control this summer as part of its mandatory training program for incoming Epidemic Intelligence Service officers.
While most of the focus of Ebola in Liberia may be on a country stuck by hardships and misunderstanding, this film showcases the resolve and resilience of Liberians in combating the epidemic, Mitman says.
“Even when the disease is contained the memory of the disease will remain,” Urey explains in the film. “In terms of hunger, in terms of food security, in terms of the lives that are lost in the process. The memory of Ebola is going to continue.”

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