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Films about the COVID-19 pandemic

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Raw and intimate, this documentary captures the struggles of patients and frontline medical professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan.

A team directed by Activist and artist Ai Weiwei films inside the hospitals, homes, and quarantine sites of Wuhan, the first city hit in the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Set in early days in 2020. The Covid-19 pandemia outbreaks in city Wuhan, Hubei Province, Central China. Many people suffered the disease and more people from all over the country rushed to the city to help.

A terrifying origin story of the pandemic, DIAMOND PRINCESS chronicles the first and largest outbreak of the novel coronavirus outside China: the Diamond Princess cruise liner. Through never-before-seen footage from passengers and crew, we watch class divisions erupt as humanity misses its chance to contain Covid-19.

An in-depth look at how the United States government handled the response to the COVID-19 outbreak during the early months of the pandemic.

An investigative documentary examining America's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fragments of COVID-19 related speeches by the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson accompany views from the windows of a London residence during the COVID lockdown.

Filmmaker Abel Ferrara documents his experiences screening 'Siberia' at the Berlin Film Festival in 2020 before being forced in quarantine during the Coronavirus outbreak.

On July 6, Paris' Louvre Museum reopened after being closed for several months amid the coronavirus pandemic. Art enthusiasts that traveled to the famous institution to view the well-known works were met with quite a different experience than they would have previously had before the spread of COVID-19 as they visited the gallery space.

The movie Orca depicts various middle class people in different phases of life and their situation during the covid-19 pandemic. It captures their frustration and problems coping with the lack of real human interaction.



Affected tells the story of a small business owner that lost over 90% of his revenue after Covid-19 hit America. With frustration, he decided to embark on a journey to document the lives of all the others that have been impacted by Covid.

A collaboration of six films, shot during the Covid-19 pandemic. A group therapy session links together filmmakers who struggle to maintain their collective spirits and sanity during a time when they are deemed non-essential.

In 2020, the world changed. This topical series examines the coronavirus pandemic, the efforts to combat it and ways to manage its mental health toll.
A meeting between two work partners reveals the strict care protocols imposed by the new coronavirus: masked, the men only meet after the visitor's temperature is measured, the handshake is refused and hand sanitizer is offered instead of coffee. This short movie is part of the project Spaces #2, produced by the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which, inspired by the book "Species of Spaces", by French writer Georges Perec, invited filmmakers to film at home a comment about the new reality we live in.

An approach to the pandemic with a focus on care, revealing the human face of the collective struggle against Covid-19 in interviews with doctors, nurses and community workers.


Seven doctors and public health specialists accept the mission to fight the pandemic, working pro bono. The unforeseen task in the careers of Paulo Chapchap, Maurício Ceschin, Gonzalo Vecina, Drauzio Varella, Sidney Klajner, Eugênio Vilaça and Pedro Barbosa is commented on by them. Besides following this management team, the film adds the story of seven other frontline health professionals, working in São Paulo and Manaus, on the experience of facing Covid-19 to take care of infected patients and elderly people.

When the quarantine was decreed in the state of São Paulo as a result of covid-19, part of the population stayed at home, but others did not have this option. The documentary brings the vision of three workers who did not stop working during the pandemic.

The First Wave is a 2021 American documentary film, directed and produced by Matthew Heineman. The film follows a hospital in New York City, as it battles the COVID-19 pandemic. Alex Gibney serves as an executive producer.

It had its world premiere at the Hamptons Film Festival on October 7, 2021. It is scheduled to be released on November 19, 2021, by Neon.

Homeroom is a 2021 American documentary film directed and produced by Peter Nicks. The film, which is the final chapter of Nicks' Oakland trilogy (following The Waiting Room and The Force), follows the lives of the Oakland High School class of 2020 as they try to make the most of their final year in high school amidst district budget cuts and ultimately the COVID-19 pandemic and the George Floyd protests. Ryan Coogler and Davis Guggenheim, the latter of whom made a similar film, Waiting for "Superman", were executive producers on this film.

Convergence: Courage in a Crisis is a 2021 British documentary film made for Netflix and directed by Orlando von Einsiedel. The film depicts the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by following several different stories throughout eight countries.

Dispatches from a Field Hospital is a Canadian documentary television film, directed by Matt Gallagher and released in 2021. The film centres on the launch of a field hospital on the grounds of St. Clair College in Windsor during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, and the extraordinary steps that people would undertake to remain in contact with their loved ones in the facility despite lockdown restrictions.

In the Same Breath is a 2021 documentary film directed and produced by Nanfu Wang. It follows how the Chinese and American governments reacted to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Life in a Day 2020 is a 2021 American crowd-sourced documentary film directed by Kevin Macdonald. The sequel to the 2011 film Life in a Day, it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on February 1, 2021, and on YouTube February 6, to generally favorable critical reviews. Like its predecessor, it comprises a wide array of selected video clips showing things happening in the world on one day: July 25, 2020.

The Year Earth Changed is a 2021 nature documentary film about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on nature directed by Tom Beard. It focuses on wildlife during public health lockdowns and travel restrictions from the onset of the pandemic in 2020. The film was produced by the BBC Natural History Unit as a collaboration between Mike Gunton and Alice Keens-Soper. The documentary was narrated by David Attenborough.

With many Covid-19 patients battling for their lives, a hospital faces its toughest challenge ever. Exclusive frontline access reveals the staff and patients' resilience in the face of this new enemy.

Award-winning director-producer Antoine Fuqua (#Freerayshawn) zooms his camera lens on the world of sport and how it was affected in the US during the early days of Covid-19. But it’s so much more than a sports doccie – Antoine reveals how athletes across the US, led by the National Basketball Association’s stars used lockdown and games behind closed doors to highlight social movements including #BlackLivesMatter that became global terms following racial injustices that flared up across the country.

The untold story of the people affected by Covid-19 and the conspiracies that lurk in the minds of those seeking answers. A small crew embarks on a journey, seeking truth. This is the most comprehensive film on the pandemic.

Behind the scenes of a great achievement of science: the creation, in record time, of vaccines against Covid-19. In India, Russia, China, the USA, Europe and Brazil.

Five rising filmmakers in New York City turn the cameras on themselves for once. We’re not talking about established stars in film – the youngest is 17 and they’re more able and talented than most of us were at that age. And they’re telling their stories and that of their families as they try to make it through the first few days of Covid lockdown in New York in 2020.


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