STILL WE RISE is the story of an extraordinary effort by nurses in Liberia, West Africa to bring mental health care to a country in desperate need of it.
Journalist Molly Raskin and filmmaker Ben Niles spent five years documenting the shared struggle of Liberians – all survivors of the country’s long civil war – to care for the mentally ill in their deeply traumatized homeland. These courageous health workers face unimaginable odds, lacking even the most basic needs. And when Ebola breaks out, they find themselves on the front-lines of another deadly epidemic – one that threatens to destroy everything they’ve worked so hard to build.
This gripping expose tackles the issue of global mental health head-on. With unprecedented access to the country’s only psychiatric hospital, overcrowded prison and fragile health care centers, the filmmakers offer an unsparing look at this untold story – the challenges faced by developing, post-conflict countries crippled by widespread trauma, depression and other mental illness.
A moving combination of investigative journalism and a verite documentary, RISE is the incredible true story of health workers risking everything to build a better future – and hope – in country torn apart by war and disease. Ultimately, RISE is about the resilience of the human spirit.