International campaigning and advocacy organisation One Campaign – co-founded by Bono – has teamed with a raft of actors and artists, including Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman for a film highlighting the Ebola epidemic.
The two-minute Play the Waiting Game film, produced by Irresistible Films, urges viewers to sign a petition demanding global leaders address the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and strengthen health systems so the future outbreaks can be quickly contained.
The featured celebrities, which also include Will Ferrell and Thandie Newton, appear alongside Liberian health workers and ‘wait silently’ to push forward the message that global leaders must stop waiting to do more.
The video is being released alongside the One’s online Ebola response tracker which shows how much money countries have pledged to tackle Ebola, how much has been disbursed and how many health workers and other contributions have been sent to affected countries.
Irresistible Films director Mike Christie commented: “So far Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people in the West African countries and this film is a powerful nudge to remind world leaders to take action, and stop waiting.”
Bono, is also supporting the Ebola campaign by releasing a revamped version of Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas? featuring Rita Ora and Sam Smith.