with Hakeem Kae-Kazim, khalo matabane
A fertile breeding ground has been created through war famine disease and poverty for the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to take hold in the Western Africa regions of Sierra Leone Guinea and Liberia, the lack of local infrastructure has allowed the disease to spread threatening to become a pandemic which will encompass the entire world.
This is where our story begins on the ground in a small village in a quiet corner of Guinea where children are playing and roasting bush meat on a stick around a fire.
The aim of the series is to tell the story of the Ebola pandemic its effects and the fight to contain this deadly disease, through the eyes of several characters that are caught up in the pandemic and who’s lives naturally intertwine because of these dramatic events….
We see the events through the eyes of the NGO worker on the ground struggling to understand what is happening at the beginning, the Pathologist who understands the effect this pandemic will have if it spreads to a large urban population, the local Chief who is caught between having to educate his people and traditional cultural values, the survivor who struggles to fit back in to his local society and the head of institutions like WHO.
The power of tv and film is unquestionable in its ability to inform educate and entertain on a mass scale. A series like this told from an African perspective, will not only inform and educate but destroy myths and legends associated with this pandemic and help prepare the continent for any future out breaks of this or other pandemics waiting in the wings. – Ebola Movie Abstract by Hakeem Kae-Kazim.
Actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim, classically trained in the UK at the highly regarded Bristol Old Vic and soon after graduation was invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Hakeem’s list of impressive credits include Pirates of the Caribbean III, Lost, Cane with Jimmy Smits, Law & Order: SVU with Mariska Hargitay, The Triangle with Sam Neill, The Librarian with Gabrielle Anwar, X-Men: Wolverine with Hugh Jackman, The 4th Kind alongside Milla Jovovich and Darfur with Billy Zane. Hakeem is often recognized for his recurring role as Colonel Dubaku, through which he wowed audiences with his stunning performance in 24’s’ Season 7, and in the prequel movie Redemption.
Hakeem both produced and starred in Black November with Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger, as well as the award winning film Man on Ground and Last Flight to Abuja. His distinctive voice has also been shared in many popular video games including Halo, Call of Duty and The Bourne Conspiracy. Hakeem is well loved for his TV work, which recently has included many primetime shows including Human Target, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Law and Order, Covert Affairs and Strike Back. Hakeem’s latest films Half of a Yellow Sun and A Chance of Rain, are set to be released soon and his role as Mr Scott in Michael Bay’s exciting and much awaited new series Black Sails with be premiering in 2014.
– IMDb Mini Biography By: London Flair PR
Khalo Matabane has directed numerous documentaries, drama series, campaigns, commercials, taught about cinema and politics at schools and completed his first dramatic feature film ‘State of Violence’ in 2010 and was shown to critical acclaim in Toronto and Berlin. Set in Johannesburg, it is the story of a man who wife gets killed in what seems like a random act of violence. He goes on a journey searching for the killers only to find out that he is the son of a man he killed in the 1980’s during the struggle in the township.
Currently, Khalo is producing a new body of work. He is working on his new feature film called A Letter to Nelson Mandela. The film seeks to find out if Mandela’s philosophies of forgiveness, reconciliation and freedom resonate currently in a world that is plagued with injustice and social inequalities. He will interview a world body of thinkers, activistis and artist.