The Film Blog: ‘Salt’ is a pretty good ebola narrative

The thing about big events or tragedies is that there are tons of other smaller, more narrow events taking place within them that tend to go unnoticed or unacknowledged.

This is why, despite the fact that 93 Days did such a fine job of telling the story (and stories) of Ebola in Nigeria, both on a large and a small scale, there still exist many other narratives of value and validity.

Which is where Umar Turaki’s Salt comes in. It focuses specifically on “the infamous salt bath night”. Remember how ebola was supposed to be an actual worm and bathing with (and/or drinking) salt water would either cure or inoculate against the virus? It’s pretty funny to think about now. Even then, the assumption was that only people who didn’t know better would indulge in such. But the film grapples with the question of whether or not that’s true, and how much sway intellect has in the face of the sort of panic that ebola inspired.

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