DECEMBER 10, 2014
‘A Stitch in Time’, the latest Sierra Leonean Ebola sensitization movie, will be premiered on the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation television (SLBC TV) this Saturday, December 13th and Sunday December 14th at 8:00pm each night.
The film, which was shot during the Ebola crisis, tells the story of six young Sierra Leoneans confronting the deadly Ebola disease. Three of the friends do not believe Ebola is real. The other three do, but are confused by misinformation, peer pressure, and cultural practices. Interwoven is the story of a doctor who has treated the young daughter of a friend exposed to Ebola. See which of these people defeated Ebola and who succumbed. Learn what actions the survivors took to defeat Ebola.
Produced and directed by Sierra Leonean ‘movie-king’ Jimmy B with support from Africell and the United States Embassy in Sierra Leone, the film has a huge cast list, starring Jimmy B, award-winning actress Henrietta Mbawa, Isatu Bah, Salamatu Kargbo and Celia Greenwood, with special performances from Nasser Ayoub, Willie Jay and Empress P.
‘A Stitch in Time’ also features for the first time senior journalists in movie roles, like SLBC TV’s Samuel Valcarcel, Media One Chief Philip Neville, SLBC TV Director Gbanabom Hallowell and SaloneJamboree Founder and CEO Murtala Mohamed Kamara also starring as a journalist.
Speaking to this press, actor and producer Jimmy B said: “This is part of effort to stop the spread of the Ebola virus.” He expressed hope that the film will be a powerful tool to sensitize especially young people about the Ebola disease and further change their attitude for the better.
Jimmy B said movies are very important platforms which appeal to young people. “This is a very good medium to get the message across,” he said and adding: “They can be entertained as well as educated through films.”
He continued: “It is important for us to get this right and get rid of this disease. So we decided to come together to stop the spread of this disease through the arts which most young people can relate to.”
According to Jimmy B, the film has some element of comedy, musical but the key message is about sensitizing people about Ebola and behavioural change.
Jimmy B has maintained a huge track record for contributing to Sierra Leone’s peace and national development. He was honoured with Sierra Leone’s highest honour, Order of the Rokel by late former President Kabbah for his contribution to national development through the arts.
He had supported efforts during Sierra Leone’s civil war to bring peace through many performances across the country. He also did a movie ‘Live and Let Live’ to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.
The ‘Jika Jika’ star recently released a music video titled ‘Ebola-Must Go’, which features Wahid and C-Jay, also as part of effort to raise awareness on the disease. He also produced an Ebola sensitization song with veteran Sierra Leonean musician Steady Bongo and Mackie.
A movie critic told this press that he was not surprised that Jimmy B is releasing another film during this crisis period: “He is very consistent and also always supporting efforts of national interest.”