Filmed in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the story starts in the remote village of Meliandou where the first victim was identified. We are then taken to all three affected countries, providing a compelling view of the impact Ebola had on the lives of individuals.
Affliction explores many different aspects of the outbreak. Village chiefs, patients, survivors and aid workers talk about the fear and rejection, stigma, impact of quarantine, mortality, the failure of the international response, the lack of adequate medical treatment and the complex reality facing those who have survived Ebola.
The film crew were given unlimited access to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) facilities and captured unique footage.
Peter Casaer (Belgium, 1963) has been working in the humanitarian sector since 1989. He held management positions with Médecins Sans Frontières in the field and in headquarters.
Peter travelled to many humanitarian crises, first as a fieldworker, later to document these crises. ‘Affliction’ is his third documentary.
He directed ‘MSF (un)Limited’ in 2011 and ‘Access to the Danger Zone’ (narrated by Daniel Day-Lewis) in 2012.
Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed more than 11,261 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting three countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Outbreaks in Mali, Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.
Though Ebola has faded from the news headlines, the epidemic in West Africa continues to claim lives today. Around 30 people become infected each week in Sierra Leone and Guinea – a number that would be considered a major disaster under normal circumstances – and the outbreak has recently reemerged in Liberia.
Médecins Sans Frontières’s West Africa Ebola response started in March 2014 and includes activities in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. MSF currently employs around 92 international and around 1,760 national locally hired staff in the region.
If you would like to distribute or organise a projection of the film Affliction, please contact your local Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Withoout Borders) section in your country.
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Versions: 52min - 70min
Format: DCP - Prores - BluRay - DVD
Languages on the film: English, French, Kissi, Malinké, Krio and Bassa.
Countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Full English transcript/subtitles available.