Don’t ig­nore Ebola cri­sis, Olivia urges

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Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Olivia Wilde (left) hopes that a doc­u­men­tary she helped pro­duce will re­mind the world about the lin­ger­ing im­pact of the Ebola cri­sis in West Africa.

The 31-year-old, who will be seen in the Christ­mas hol­i­day com­edy, Love the Coop­ers, came to the US Mis­sion to the United Na­tions on Tues­day for a dif­fer­ent role — that of the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the award-win­ning short doc­u­men­tary on Ebola, Body Team 12.

She said that the film about a vol­un­teer team col­lect­ing bod­ies at the height of the Ebola cri­sis in Liberia, touches upon two is­sues: women’s rights and com­mu­nity health work­ers, par­tic­u­larly in West Africa. The Ebola epi­demic has killed over 11,100 peo­ple mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since March 2014. Liberia is now Ebola free, but its rip­ple ef­fects in the three coun­tries might last for years.

The film won the best short doc­u­men­tary award at this year’s Tribeca Film Fes­ti­val. “Peo­ple would pos­si­bly ig­nore such is­sues ei­ther be­cause they are too dif­fi­cult or over­whelm­ing — in such cases, the power of doc­u­men­tary film­mak­ing is pro­found,” Wilde said.

“It’s some­thing most peo­ple won’t want to touch on,” she said of Ebola. “They want to leave it be­hind, and I think part of that has to do with per­sonal fear.” Wilde urged the diplo­mats “as peo­ple with voices that are lis­tened to” to in­clude Ebola and the role of women in ev­ery dis­cus­sion, and to share the film “be­cause it’s in­spir­ing — it’s a story of hero­ism.”

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