93 Days

  • 93 Days
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2016
Format : Feature
Running time : 124 (in minutes)

Bimbo Akintola, Danny Glover and TIFF Rising Star Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama star in director Steve Gukas' riveting real-life thriller about courageous health-care workers in Lagos battling the Ebola outbreak of 2014.

When Patrick Sawyer a Liberian American collapses upon arrival at the Murtala Mohammed International airport, Lagos - Nigeria. He is taken to First Consultant Hospital, where he is admitted with fever like symptoms.
Against his denials of contact with any Ebola victim in Liberia, the team at first consultant led by Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh quickly deduce there is more to his case than malaria. Their vigilance leads to an early detection that Mr Sawyer indeed had the Ebola Virus disease. Now it's a race against time to contain a deadly disease from breaking out and infecting an entire city population and beginning what could be the biggest deadly disease outbreak the world has ever known.
The scare is palpable across the country. The doomsday scenario imagined is here.
Over a 93-day period from when Sawyer comes in men and women from Nigeria, WHO and MSF do battle with this deadly disease. At its core, 93Days is a compelling human story of dedication, sacrifice, resilience and survival.

A film by Steve Gukas

Nigeria, 2016, Fiction, 2hrs04 minutes, 14A, colour, English

starring Danny Glover, Bimbo Akintola, Somkele Idhalama, Tim Reid, Alastair Mackenzie, Keppy Ekpenyong, Abimbola Mary-Anne Akintola, Okeke Gideon Echezonachi, Bassey-Inyang Ekpenyong Edet, Sylvia Ngozi Ezeokafor

A riveting ensemble thriller drawn from headlines of only two years ago, Steve Gukas's 93 Days tells the story of the courageous health care workers who faced the prospect of an Ebola outbreak in Africa's largest country.

When a foreign civil servant lands in Lagos on a flight from Liberia with a high fever, the first, hopeful response is that it's only malaria. But Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh (Bimbo Akintola) of the First Consultant Hospital knows the man is afflicted with something far more serious. Despite opposition from colleagues, officials, and the man himself, she denies his release. Once the man is confirmed as Nigeria's index case of the Ebola virus, Adadevoh, her team, the Nigerian government, and the World Health Organization scramble to deal with a potential doomsday scenario.

As the battle to contain the virus hurtles along at a swift pace, 93 Days keeps itself grounded in compelling characters. Besides Adadevoh, a dedicated mother and wife, there is also Dr. Benjamin Ohiaeri (Danny Glover), who is on the verge of retirement when the virus hits, and Dr. Ada Igonoh, who is hoping to conceive a child despite this time of peril. Dr. Igonoh is played by TIFF Rising Star Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, who conveys exceptional emotional range, from resolve to terror. Working on a grander scale than most Nigerian features, Gukas directs Iyamah-Idhalama and the rest of his cast to deeply affecting performances, gracefully shifting from big-picture stakes to intimate views of the professionals who helped keep their nation safe.

Tags: Film, Globalization, Black + African Diaspora, Illness + Death, Sub-Saharan Africa, Drama

Steve Gukas

Production Company
Natives Filmworks, MichelAngelo Productions, Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions

Executive Producer
Dotun Olakunri, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Steve Gukas

Dotun Olakunri, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Steve Gukas, Pemon Rami

Paul Rowlston

Yinka Edward

Antonio Ribeiro

Production Designer
Bola Belo

Pius Fatoke, Mzukisi Mtshiselo

George Kallis

Original Score
George Kallis

Danny Glover, Bimbo Akintola, Somkele Idhalama, Tim Reid, Alastair Mackenzie, Keppy Ekpenyong, Abimbola Mary-Anne Akintola, Okeke Gideon Echezonachi, Bassey-Inyang Ekpenyong Edet, Sylvia Ngozi Ezeokafor

International Sales Agent
FilmOne Distribution

2016 | 41st TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival
* Selection - City to City (Lagos)
* World Premiere


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  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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