Survivors

World Premiere Festival Guest African Feature

Survivors is an account of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Shot and produced by a collective of West African filmmakers during the outbreak (which also spread to Liberia and Guinea), the film is unusual in that was made largely by the community it documents, rather than by outsiders. As such, it is extremely close to the ground and provides a very visceral sense of the pain, suffering, and social dislocation that occurred during the epidemic, as well as the profound sense of relief when the transmission of the virus ground to a halt. Filled with warmth, humanity, and a remarkable cast – from an ambulance driver to a young homeless boy to a pastor-cum-filmmaker – Survivors is an insightful chronicle of a public health epidemic in the face of limited resources.

Cape Town
V&A
​ Sat 2 June, V&A6, 8.15pm
Sat 9 June / 6.15pm + Q&A
Johannesburg
R'bank
Wed 6 June / 6.45pm + Q&A
Director(s):
Arthur Pratt, Anna Fitch, Banker White, Lansana Mansaray
Country:
Sierra Leone/USA
Year:
2018
Duration:
84 minutes

Guests

Anna Fitch Producer/Co-director

Anna Fitch is an Emmy award-winning director. Her natural history and science documentaries have aired on the National Geographic Channel, Channel 4 UK, and PBS. Awards, nominations and festivals include: BugWorld: War of Two Worlds (2003), Emmy Award in Best Documentary Directing, Delegates Choice Award – Wildscreen, and Best Science and Natural History Program finalist – Banff Television Festival. She co-directed the feature documentary the Genius of Marian (2013), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on POV in September 2014. The film also received support from the Sundance Documentary Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tribeca Film Institute, Impact Partners, LEF, Britdoc, the Catapult Film Fund and The Fledgling Fund. Her narrative short, The Burning Wigs of Sedition (2010), was in competition at many festivals including the Seattle International Film Festival, SFFS’s Cinema by the Bay, Revelation Film Festival Perth and Rooftop Films NYC. It also won the Best of Festival prize at the Black Maria Film Festival the Audience Award at SF IndieFest.

Arthur Pratt Director/Producer

Arthur Pratt is a Sierra Leonean filmmaker and community leader based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Arthur is a co-founder of the Sierra Leone Film Council, the country’s first media makers’ union. He has started and leads multiple community film and theater groups, collaboratively writing and performing numerous films and plays with ex-combatants, former child prostitutes and community members. He is a co-founder and manager of the WeOwnTV Freetown Media Center in Sierra Leone. He has numerous credits and awards for the films and plays he has produced. Film credits include: CHARITY 2010 (Writer/Director) which received festival awards at the Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles, Cinema by the Bay San Francisco, and Semana del Cine Experimental de Madrid, Spain. Black Sugar 2011 (Director, Writer, & Camera), They Resisted 2011 (Director/Writer), Hustler 2011 (Director, Writer & Camera), Gift of My Eyes 2012 (Camera & Editor), M’Pora 2012 (Camera & Editor).

Banker White Producer/Editor/Co-director

Banker White is a multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker based in San Francisco. He is the director/producer of the award-winning documentary, The Genius of Marian, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS’s award-winning series, POV, in September 2014. His work has been supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacArthur Foundation, the Tribeca Film Institute, Impact Partners, LEF, DocSociety, SFFILM, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Catapult Film Fund and the Fledgling Fund. Banker also directed Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (POV 2007). The film was nominated by the IDA for best feature in 2006; won grand jury awards at AFI Fest, Full Frame Film Festival and Human Rights Watch Film Festival; and earned audience awards at SXSW and Miami International Film Festival. Banker also founded the WeOwnTV Freetown Media Center, a collaborative filmmaking and storytelling project in Sierra Leone which is supported by Creative Capital, Freedom to Create, The Bertha Foundation, and BAVC.