Samaritan's Purse Ebola Documentary Facing Darkness Now Available on DVD

Facing the Darkness MovieFacing Darkness, the gripping and inspiring documentary of Samaritan’s Purse’s race against time to rescue two of their own team stricken with the deadly Ebola virus, is now on DVD and can be downloaded on Digital HD.

Facing Darkness brings to life the true story of American aid workers Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were in West Africa fighting the surge of the killer Ebola virus when they caught the disease themselves.

The documentary follows Brantly and Writebol as Samaritan's Purse worked around the clock to do something that had never been done — evacuate the Ebola patients to the U.S. for treatment and cure.

More than a medical story, Facing Darkness is an inspiring story of faith coming up against and overcoming fear.

“It’s a story of bravery, compassion, and it’s a story of faith,” said Franklin Graham, President & CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and Executive Producer of Facing Darkness, in a video message to NRB during the Opening Session of the association’s 2017 International Christian Media Convention in Orlando, Florida, earlier this year. “It’s a testimony of God’s faithfulness in saving the lives of Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. It’s the story of a Good Samaritan set upon the backdrop of this terrible epidemic.”

According to reports, Ebola infected more than 28,000 people in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, and the disease claimed more than 11,000 lives after the Ebola outbreak began in March 2014, making it one of the deadliest epidemics of the century.

“Hundreds were dying and it was only growing worse,” Graham shared in a press release. “When the disease struck Dr. Kent Brantly and hygienist Nancy Writebol, we knew we had to get them home for treatment. It was their only chance, yet it was something no one had ever done.”

Featuring interviews with those who fought the outbreak firsthand, Facing Darkness was filmed on location in Liberia and the U.S., where the events took place.

To learn more about the film, watch the trailers, or order the documentary on DVD, visit

By NRB Staff

Published: July 27, 2017


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