In early 2014, health workers began to identify cases of the Ebola Virus in Guinea. An outbreak of the virus had the potential for a ninety percent case fatality rate. Six months after the first cases were identified, the World Health Organization declared an international health emergency. Over the several months that the virus spread, so did panic, xenophobia and racism. Old ideas about Africa’s backwardness penetrated private and media conversations. Then as the virus jumped from its hub in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea over to Nigeria, a new story was made possible.
In Steve Gukas’ new film, “93 Days,” he portrays the experience of Ebola’s containment in Nigeria. The film, while sometimes melodramatic, gives some insight into the lives of the healthcare workers who made this containment possible, including the four who died after infection. The film most closely follows Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, Dr. Ada Igonoh, and Dr. Benjamin Ohiaeri. They were staff at First Consultants Medical Centre where the index patient was taken after becoming severely ill during his flight from Liberia. The humanity of the primary characters is relationship-based; they are newly pregnant or mothers, husbands or fathers. There is as much to risk in their private lives as in the lives of the twenty-one million Lagosians they are trying to protect.
The film features a mostly Nigerian cast, inc ... Read Full Review