Former community broadcaster nominated for international award

Rachel Maher, a former Melbourne community broadcaster, and previous CBF board member has been nominated in Prix Italia – an international Italian television, radio broadcasting website award, for her documentary on Ebola, The City That Doesn’t Touch.

Working in West Africa during the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus, Rachel was struck by the frightening parallels with Albert Camus’ novel “The Plague”.

The city in Camus’ novel was under siege, just like the capitals of Sierra Leone and Liberia; its citizens were coping with a long state of emergency, the deaths of national figures and loved ones and isolation from the rest of the world. Mixing oral history interviews with archives and the insights of Camus, Rachel Maher tells the story of this modern plague.

Australian Nurse Brett Adamson, who treated victims of the virus in Liberia, reads from “The Plague” in the programme. 

 The City That Doesn’t Touch is produced in two episodes – Outbreak & Control.

Rachel wrote a story on experience to launch her work.

You can read The Plague: On the Ebola front line here.
Ebola, The City That Doesn’t Touch was also selected for the Vienna International Features Conference earlier in the year. 
Prix Italia winners will be announced on October 2nd.

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