As if spectating from the safety of our homes as Wuhan took COVID-19 head-on wasn’t heartbreaking enough, raw and unfiltered documentary 76 Days perfectly encapsulates the struggles of both patients and frontline workers alike.
It opens with what is almost fiction-esque—as if we’re watching the world undergo the aftermath of an apocalypse, the textbook segue of science-fiction. Except, it’s not storytelling—it’s real life.
The flashes of doctors in full PPE dashing down the hallways seem surreal, yet serve as a sobering reminder that this is now the world we live in. The pandemic will be remembered in history for its dark and grisly days.
We get a peek inside what life was like for citizens of Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. On January 23, the city of 11 million people went into a lockdown that lasted 76 days.
Some memorable characters include a noble head nurse, a restless grandfather, and a selfless volunteer.
Watch the Q&A with director Hao Wu below:
76 Days premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival and is currently seeking US distribution.
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