The First Wave

Directed by Matthew Heineman
U.S | 2021 | Documentary
93 minutes | English

Directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land,” “City of Ghosts,” “A Private War”), “The First Wave” spotlights the everyday heroes at the epicenter of Covid-19 as they come together to fight one of the greatest threats the world has ever encountered. Leaving a devastating trail of death and despair, this once-in-a-century pandemic changed the very fabric of daily life and exposed long-standing inequities in our society. The “first wave” of Covid-19 ravaged New York from March through June 2020. With Heineman’s signature approach of character-driven cinéma vérité, “The First Wave” uses exclusive access to one of New York’s hardest-hit hospital systems to document those harrowing first four months, embedding with a group of doctors, nurses, and patients on the frontlines as they navigate the crisis. Their distinct storylines serve as a microcosm through which audience members can view the emotional and societal impacts of the pandemic, providing a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

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Directed by
Peiman Zekavat
16 minutes
A study in human behavior in the densest and most overdeveloped residential area in the U.K. during the coronavirus pandemic.
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