In documentary “Survivors,” watch West African locals fight Ebola before foreign aid arrives
The 2014 Ebola outbreak is remembered as one of the most widely feared epidemics in recent memory. As the virus spread through West Africa, hysterical media reports outside the region fanned the flames of anxiety. In this Salon-exclusive clip from the documentary “Survivors,” watch some of the remarkable stories of individual bravery and the deep humanity of those caught in the middle of this unfolding crisis. According to Sierra Leonean filmmaker Arthur Pratt, the "role that locals played in combating the outbreak was grossly underreported." Pratt adds that "preoccupation with the foreign experience" overshadowed the contributions of West Africans. With the collective efforts of other filmmakers, Pratt created “Survivors,” an emotional and gripping documentary that will have its national broadcast and streaming debut on the PBS documentary series “POV” and pov.org on Monday, September 24, 2018, at 10 p.m. ET (check local listings). POV is American television's longest-running independent documentary series, now in its 31st season.