Ebola War:The Nurses of Gulu TV documentary premieres 
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 Ebola War:The Nurses of Gulu TV documentary premieres

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Ebola War:  The Nurses of Gulu - airs June 6th W Network

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For Immediate Release

A mysterious illness in the fall of 2000 strikes and kills, in Africa.
Nurses, with a shortage of
protective gear, are on the cusp of an epidemic.

They begin to die.  The diagnosis: Ebola.

For the first time, their story of courage and compassion is being
shared with television audiences.  June 6th at 9pm EDT, the W Network
presents Ebola War: The Nurses of Gulu.

Internal organs melt. Bodily fluids pour from openings.  Up to 90% of
Ebola victims die, but even more frighteningly, they are contagious even
in death. The virus stays alive in secretions of the dead for three

By the time the disease is spent in Gulu, 163 are dead - including Dr.
Matthew Lukwiya and twelve nurses.  This one hour documentary from the
Regina based Alethia Productions Inc. is a timely tale in an age of new
heroes, new dangers.

Viewers will see a dramatic five month struggle against the demons of an
unknowable disease being fought in a developing country.  The illness
sows panic in the community.    Nurses are suspected by villagers of
spreading Ebola. They are banned from buying cooking.net">food in the market.
Friends turn their backs. Family members plead with them to quit work.
They refuse.  The nurses fear the disease will follow them home.  No one
is safe.

Ebola War:  The Nurses of Gulu is a powerful and poignant one hour
documentary which takes viewers to the northern Ugandan community of
Gulu and into the eye of a virulent epidemic.

Shot on location in hospital isolation wards and villages, the contrasts
are breathtaking. The stunning beauty of Africa mixes with terror.
Viewers see painful reminders of suffering, exhausted hospital workers
and finally joyous, unimaginable exuberance. Trauma and triumph are
explored in these eyewitness accounts from frontline medical workers.

Ebola War:  The Nurses of Gulu was filmed, written and directed by David
Belluz.  I was in awe of those sacrificing their lives for no monetary
gain. For one month, the isolation ward was madness.   What these nurses
did in this place of evil was extraordinary.

In the fall of 2000, David was in Uganda shooting the story of child
soldiers when the outbreak occurred.  Hed already witnessed the
horrifying results of six{*filter*} years of struggle between the Lords
Resistance Army and government soldiers.   Then, on his way to Gulu, he
heard that Ebola had begun its attack.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) moved in - yet still nurses died.

 I went to the battlefield says nurse Walter Onena .  Finishing his
thought is Nurse Parka Obwona, We were all wearing the same protective
gear. That is the scary part.

For the first time, Canada was asked by WHO to join the Global Response
Network Team.  Health Canada sent in three of its field epidemiologist,
including Dr. Bonnie Henry.

The biggest obstacles were fear. Ebola is an enigma that has potential
to cause enormous damage,  Henry says.

Filmmaker Belluz comments, this story taps into all our senses.

Ebola War:  The Nurses of Gulu is an intimate and moving  look at the
harsh reality of health care workers; the ethical decisions they face;
the sacrifices they make.  The cost of being our brothers keeper is
great. The cost of turning away is insurmountable. This documentary
about front line workers facing crisis and fear will definitely strike a
chord with todays television audiences.

The program, narrated by Gemini nominee Marina Orsini,  gets its first
airing on W Network at 9pm EDT, June 6th.  Additional airings take place
on Saskatchewan Communications Network and The Documentary Channel.

The original, haunting score was composed by the award-winning J.
Douglas Dodd and features compelling vocals from Jo?lle Rabu.

Ebola War: The Nurses of Gulu was produced by David Belluz and his
company Alethia Productions Inc.  Lori Kuffner is Senior Producer.
Daryl K. Davis is editor and story consultant.

Funding was provided by W Network, Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA), Canadian Television Fund, Saskatchewan Communications
Network, The Documentary Channel, the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax
Credit, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and developed
with the participation of SaskFilm

All materials, including press release, synopsis, background on the
creative team, Ebola fact sheet, photos and links are available for
download online at the Ebola War: The Nurses of Gulu electronic press
kit  -   http://www.***.com/

For additional information contact Alethia Productions Inc.


Alethia Productions Inc.


Tue, 16 Nov 2004 12:27:56 GMT
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