Past Event

ReelLife Film Series: Survivors

April 25, 2019
6:45 PM - 9:30 PM

ReelLife Film Series

Nothing brings you into an issue quite like seeing it. Come around the world with us through the lens of compelling stories and conversations.

Each screening will be followed by a discussion about the film and its social issues with filmmakers and experts.


Date & Time: Thursday, April 25 at 18:45

Location: ANAMED (Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations), İstiklal Cad. Merkez Han No:181

About the Film: (2018, Arthur Pratt, Ana Fitch, Banker White, English, 90 min) An unflinching look through the eyes of a Sierra Leonean filmmaker presents an intimate portrait of the country through the Ebola outbreak, exposing the complexity of the epidemic and the socio-political turmoil that lies in its wake.

Discussion Following Film With:

Arthur Pratt is a Filmmaker and community leader based in Freetown, he is the current manager of the WeOwnTV Freetown Media Centre in Sierra Leone. Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1976, Arthur developed a passion for the theatre and the movie screen way back in his school days. He spent several years on stage performances which earned him the best actor award in the Tangains Cultural Festival in Freetown in 2004. Arthur is a Co-Director with Banker White and Anna Fitch for his new film, documentary title Survivors which is slated to air on PBS’s award-winning series POV in 2018.

Önder Ergönül, MD, MPH, is Chair of the Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (ID&CM) at Koç University School of Medicine. He graduated from Hacettepe University School of Medicine and completed his ID&CM residency at Ankara University. He received a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University School of Public Health. He also worked as a research fellow in the Clinical Epidemiology division of Infectious Diseases Department at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

İlker Kayı, MD, is a Doctor of Public Health and working at Koç University School of Medicine. He graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine, and after working as a practitioner for two years, enrolled in specialty training in public health at the same university. His main research interests are health promotion, global health, public mental health and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Rosemary Kumwenda is currently the Team Leader HIV Health and Development at UNDP in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and Coordinator of the SPHS (Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector). She has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LHTM).  As a medical doctor, she worked for ten years in clinical and primary health care as Lusaka Zambia’s Director of Health before joining UNDP 19 years ago. She has worked in poverty, health and HIV, as Assistant Resident Representative in UNDP Zambia, UNDP Malawi Policy Advisor and UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa Senior Policy Advisor for Sustainable Responses. 

*Theater seats are assigned to ticket holders on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you arrive after 6:30 pm and the auditorium has reached full capacity, it will be standing room only. Thank you for understanding.

This screening series is an initiative of Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, Koç University’s Media and Visual Arts Department, and the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub.