STILL WE RISE IS THE INSPIRING TRUE STORY OF THREE LIBERIAN HEALTH WORKERS – THE FIRST TO TACKLE AN INVISIBLE BUT DEADLY EPIDEMIC OF MENTAL ILLNESS IN THEIR TINY WEST AFRICAN HOMELAND.
After suffering 14 years of brutal civil war and the world’s most deadly outbreak of Ebola, Liberia is struggling under the weight of widespread trauma and other mental illnesses. It’s estimated that more than 40 percent of Liberians suffer from PTSD. And those who suffer have nowhere to turn. For a population of more than 4 million, Liberia has just ONE psychiatrist.
STILL WE RISE follows three courageous young Liberians – all survivors of the war – as they set out to treat mental illnesses in a country where people who suffer from them are thought to be cursed or witched.
Journalist Molly Knight Raskin (formerly of the PBS NewsHour) and filmmaker Ben Niles spent five years documenting their effort, often against unimaginable odds. 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.
RISE tackles the urgent, but neglected 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 vérité documentary, STILL WE RISE is ultimately about the resilience of Liberians risking everything to build a better future, and to bring hope to a part of the world where hope is hard to come by.