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Public Screening: In the Shadow of Ebola

  • Kislak Center (6th floor Van Pelt Library) 3420 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

Join us at the Kislak Center (6th floor, Van Pelt Library) on Wednesday, April 13th from 4:30-6 PM for a public screening of In the Shadow of Ebola (2014), a documentary about the Ebola outbreak and its impact on Liberian families. We will be joined by the film's director and producer, Dr. Gregg Mitman. After the screening, Mitman will discuss the film with Dr. David Barnes (Penn Professor of History & Sociology of Science). This event is cosponsored by Cinema Studies & Africana Studies.

Gregg Mitman's In the Shadow of Ebola, co-directed with Sarita Siegel, portrays a family and nation torn apart by the Ebola outbreak, and is a wonderful resource for teaching global health, the politics of humanitarianism, African history, media studies, race and social justice, or science and technology.

Blurb about In the Shadow of Ebola from the film's website:

"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."

In addition to screening In the Shadow of Ebola, on Thursday April 14th Dr. Mitman will attend the Visioning Meeting for the Schuylkill Corp at WetLand, and provide a keynote on the topic of engagement that is open to the public. We hope you will join us!

Professor Gregg Mitman is Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A scholar of science, medicine, film and the environment, Professor Mitman is the founding director of the Nelson Institute's Center for Culture, History and Environment, as well as the curator of UW-Madison's environmental film festival, Tales from Planet Earth. 

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