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Documentary maker Abigail Disney, grandniece of Walt Disney, in conversation with Newstalk's Pat Kenny at the Web Summit.

Documentary maker Abigail Disney, grandniece of Walt Disney, in conversation with Newstalk's Pat Kenny at the Web Summit.

Documentary maker Abigail Disney, grandniece of Walt Disney, in conversation with Newstalk's Pat Kenny at the Web Summit.

The grandniece of Walt Disney has said she is embarrassed by her home country’s reaction to the Ebola crisis.

Humanitarian documentary maker Abigail Disney criticised medics at for sending patient Thomas Eric Duncan home from hospital, before he later died.

But she raised concerns about the overall level of fear in the country.

“The level of freaking out indicates narcissism and the level of fear isn’t reasonable,” he told broadcaster Pat Kenny during a public interview at the Web Summit.

Disney also believes the international community did not respond quickly enough to the breakout, which has claimed thousands of lives across west Africa.

The campaigner for women’s rights issues was in the township of West Point in the Liberian capital city of Monrovia before it was placed under quarantine. Many of those she met are now dead.

“I can’t tell you how awful it is,” said the activist.

“I can say that the international community reacted very slowly in part because that’s what it does.”

The filmmaker and philanthropist revealed how she initially “ran screaming” from Hollywood and its “awful people” to work around social issues.

She again agreed with actress with comments recently made by Meryl Streep - that the famous Walt Disney was a 'gender bigot'– but she stressed he had some good qualities too, including giving joy tot he world.

It was while fleeing the bright lights of Hollywood that she ended up in Liberia, and saw an extraordinary story on the women’s movement to build peace. She admits to ‘whoring’ out the family name to get the film, the acclaimed Pray the Devil Back to Hell, made.

That was followed by films that address various social issues, including several Oscar nominated documentaries.

Disney, who co-founded founded the Daphne Foundation along with 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, is currently at work on a film highlighting the key role of women in the Arab Awakening.

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