“WE WANT YOU TO LIVE – Liberia’s fight against Ebola“ tells the story of a people’s struggle against Ebola. It is an intimate, character-driven portrait of four people that reveals the unforgiving reality of surviving and defeating the deadly virus. Director Carl Gierstorfer and journalist Laura Salm-Reifferscheidt spent two months in Liberia where people opened up to them in ways that make this documentary a touching and unique inside view of the Ebola epidemic.
This film not only shows the dangerous work of nurses and doctors on the front line. It also tells the aftermath of an epidemic that took its tolls in villages and communities all over the country. Now, that Ebola has vanished from the news, WE WANT YOU TO LIVE provides an important insight into the long-term consequences of the worst public health disaster in recent history. Ebola hit when Liberia began to recover from a brutal civil war. An invisible enemy, that randomly kills, Ebola sowed hatred and distrust in communities that only recently have managed to live together peacefully. This is why WE WANT YOU TO LIVE is more than another documentary on Ebola. It is a testimony to the resilience of those who have been affected and a reminder that epidemics can destabilize entire regions for decades to come.
The film WE WANT YOU TO LIVE – Liberia’s fight against Ebola takes its audience deep inside the raw reality of the fight: From the front lines where Nurses and doctors risk their lives dashing into the jungle in commandeered pick up trucks to pluck infected victims from the remotest villages. To the lives of those awaiting their fate in the ten cities that double as hospitals. To the fate that awaits those who manage to survive. It is an intimate and remarkably uplifting story, told through the eyes of Liberians as they the struggle to rebuild their lives and their country in the wake of the disaster.
WE WANT YOU TO LIVE follows one Liberian community on the front lines of Ebola as they fight for survival against the deadly disease and battle to bring the outbreak to an end.