In his statement before the officially launching of the movie, the Vice President commended Culture Radio and Partner – The Alabela Foray Peace foundation for such an educative movie on Ebola. The movie, The Vice President said was timely and would help in educating the public about the reality of the disease.
“Let us remind ourselves of the issues of lack of coordination and education in this fight and that Ebola is real as we have lost lots of lives in this dreadful epidemic,” Vice President Sumana said.
The Vice President went on to admonish: “Let us all make sure we report any sick person in our homes; let us all support the fight against the disease and let us all remind ourselves about the basic hygiene that will protect us in our homes.”
The Vice President further referred to the movie as a good tiding from Culture Radio and the Alabela Foray Peace Foundation. “I am sure our children will learn from it,” he said, among other things as he officially launched the movie.
Speaking to AYV, one of the casts in the Movie who acted as the UN representative, Mr. Sammy Davies, who is also the Presenter of the popular Radio programme on Culture Radio – ‘Issues not tissues’ and at the same time, member of the Board of Directors of the Radio station spoke of the uniqueness of the movie.
According to Mr. Davies the name of the movie is unique and attractive as according to him, viewers would want to know why Winter in Freetown.
“Winter is a whether we are not accustomed to in Sierra Leone. In Europe, people prepare for the winter season by ensuring that they have snow tires for their vehicles, winter clothing, heaters and the likes. Like winter in Europe, we were not prepared as a nation to combat the Ebola disease as we were faced with a number of challenges as a result of the fact that our health care institutions were in a collapsed state when the epidemic broke out.” He went on to state that the main objective of the movie was to sensitize the public on the impact and negative effect of the Ebola disease on the people and country.
Mr. Davies further expressed thanks and appreciations to the Executive Director of Culture Radio, Mr. Elijah Gregra for the initiative, all the casts in the movie for their brilliant contributions, the Alabela Foray Peace Foundation for its support, the Ministry of Information and Communication and especially the Vice President for making the premiere a success.
According to the Executive Director of Culture Radio who is also the Producer of the movie, Elijah Gegra the movie is not going to be commercialized. “As a media institution, it is our own little contribution to the fight against our common enemy,” he said whilst expressing concern over the piracy of the movie which he said is imminent. “At the end of the day, we want as many Sierra Leoneans as possible to watch the movie and to get themselves better educated about the impact the disease has had on the people and country,” he maintained, adding that he was working on modalities to ensure that the movie is played on TVs in Europe.
According to the Producer many Sierra Leoneans were not expecting the disease which started in Kailahun in the far East of the country to hit the country’s capital, Freetown. “Many thought Free-Town was going to be Ebola free, but no. When the Ebola disease first hit Freetown it was big news as it made headlines in almost all the newspapers,” Mr. Gregra reiterated.
The programme was graced by several important personalities including Madam Alabela Foray who also made a brilliant statement at the launch.
The ceremony was chaired by the former Chairman of the Independent Media commission (IMC), Mr. Rod Macauley.