The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) were honoured with an exclusive screening of the movie, 93 Days, in its Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Washington DC.
In attendance were Hollywood actors, Danny Glover (Played Dr Ohiaeri) and Tim Reid (Played Dr Sam Adeniyi Jones), Kemi DaSilva-Ibru, Associate Producer 93 Days, producers/executive producers of 93 Days, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Dotun Olakunri, Steve Gukas and other dignitaries such as Jimmy Kolker, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs HHS, Dr Benjamin Ohiaeri, Owner, First Consultant’s Hospital, Dr Sam Adeniyi Jones, Director Office of Global Affairs HHS, Dr David Brett-Majors, US Department of Defense and Former WHO expert, Kent Brantly, American Ebola survivor, Dr Morris Ibeawuchi, Nigerian Ebola survivor, Bockari Stevens, the sierra Leonean Ambassador to the US, Denas Morris, Center for Disease Control, Elizabeth Sadove, US Food and Drug Administration, Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Amanda Jacobsen, US Department of State.
Joined by other officials from the White House, the screening received an impressive turnout as guests enjoyed and commended the phenomenal masterpiece that has been created by talented actors, producers and director in Nigeria.
During the Q&A session, the producers of 93 Days discussed the motivation behind the movie and how Nigeria is delighted to tell its story to the world through.
Directed by Steve Gukas, the powerful movie is a compelling story of courage, determination and sacrifice as displayed by the team at the First Consultant Hospital, the Nigerian Government and well-meaning organisations in combating the Ebola virus that broke in 2014.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), widely recognised for showing the most outstanding films from around the world, has selected 93 Days for screening at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto, Canada, this week.
Showing in cinemas nationwide from the 16th of this month, 93 Days is definitely a must-see and a movie that signifies a major landmark in the history of Nigeria.
Here is what experts in the public health division of the US government are saying about 93 days:
“Thank you for putting together such as beautiful movie that really told the story and elicited all the feelings of the Lagos experience. I hope the film makes it to many theatres and audiences,” Richard Balliram, HHS- ASPR Division of International Health Security.
“This was a high calibre film that was better than the movie ‘contagious’. I was impressed with the scientific accuracy and substantive report. I would certainly see it again,” Tiffany Locus, MPH (Alumnus of Tutane’s School of Public Health).
“The movie is a beautiful representation of humanity in time of tragedy. It was both entertaining, touching and educational. A true gem,” Alison Schaeffer
“This movie is the best I’ve seen in a long time! Great actors, great way of telling a story and great way to tell the world about the Nigerian team effort that saved the country.
Thanks for spreading the message of “We need to be prepared for infectious diseases,” HHS, Director of International Health Security.
“Fantastic! Wonderful to see the story behind the heroes in Nigeria. Finally a real movie about public health,” Julie Barsic.