“93 Days” Depicts 2014 Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria

Genre: Medical Thriller
124 minutes
Director: Steve Guka
Actors: Danny Glover, Abimbola Akintola, Zara Udofia

Danny Glover receiving the Visionary Award from Cinema Chicago founder and director Michael Kutza in Chicago on Thursday, October 20, 2016.
Danny Glover receiving the Visionary Award from Cinema Chicago founder and director Michael Kutza in Chicago on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

Actor Danny Glover (“Lethal Weapon”) came to Chicago to support the Nigerian film “93 Days” and receive the Chicago International Film Festival’s Visionary Award from Cinema Chicago founder Michael Kutza on Thursday, October 20th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nigerian Director of "93 Days" Steve Gukas.
Nigerian Director of “93 Days” Steve Gukas.

The film, directed by Nigerian director Steve Gukas, is based in truth and deals with the long-dreaded 2014 Ebola outbreak. As the program notes say, “Over 93 gut-wrenching days, health officials rush to prevent the disease’s spread. At ground zero of the exposure is the hospital team, including Head Doctor Benjamin Ohiarei, portrayed by Glover.

(L to R) Producers Dotun Olakunri, Bolanie Austen-Peters, Pemon Rami and Director Steve Gukaz.
(L to R) Producers Dotun Olakunri, Bolanie Austen-Peters, Pemon Rami and Director Steve Gukaz.
Just a few of the cast and production team that came from Nigeria to support the film "93 Days" in Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
Just a few of the cast and production team that came from Nigeria to support the film “93 Days” in Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Many of the film’s producers and stars accompanied the film to Chicago and Glover said, before its screening, “I can’t tell you how proud I was to work with my brothers and sisters in Nigeria. I can’t thank the producers and Steve Guka enough for allowing me to be a part of this.”

Danny Glover.
                                                       Danny Glover

When Festival founder Michael Kutza mentioned that an invitation to attend Chicago’s Film Festival has been extended on three earlier occasions, Glover vowed it would not be his last visit and said, “You know, I was in Hyde Park in New York City accepting an award just a day or so ago, and then I had a commitment with the school board there. Then I was cooking dinner for Harry Belafonte at his home the other night, at Idlewild to honor labor leaders, and at the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party on Saturday.” In other words, Glover keeps busy, and he was nowhere busier than in Chicago where he appeared in not just one, but three separate film entries.

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About Connie Wilson

Connie (Corcoran) Wilson (www.ConnieCWilson.com ) was the Quad City Times film and book critic for 15 years and has continued reviewing film uninterruptedly since 1970. She also publishes books (31 at last count) in a variety of genres (www.quadcitieslearning.com), has taught writing or literature classes at 6 Iowa/Illinois colleges or universities as adjunct faculty, was Yahoo's Content Producer of the Year 2008 for Politics, is the author of It Came from the 70s: From The Godfather to Apocalypse Now, and writes on a variety of topics at her own blog, www.WeeklyWilson.com.