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When the mysterious virus first appeared, hospitals were overwhelmed, and medical teams faced staggering mortality rates. Those who talked to the press were punished, and the government kept denying there was anything to worry about. This is how it happened in China, and shortly thereafter, in the United States. Filmmaker Nanfu Wang, who returned to the States at the start of the outbreak, leaving her mother and toddler son in China, shows the convoluted misinformation techniques both countries had employed and the price their citizens paid for it. Using rare footage from inside Wuhan’s Covid hospital wards, interviews obtained at high risk for everyone involved, and an intelligent analysis of Chinese and American media, Wang asks which of the two governments should be believed—if any.

Previous Festivals: Sundance, SXSW Film Festival, Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, One World

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Screening Schedule:
  • Sat 03.07 | 16:30 | Cinematheque 1
  • Sun 04.07 | 10:30 | Cinematheque 2
  • Thu 08.07 | 14:00 | Cinematheque 3 | Filmmaker Present | Q&A with filmmaker Nanfu Wang moderated be Orr Sigoli
  • Thu 08.07 | 18:00 | Webinars | Master Class with the producer Julie Goldman
  • Watch online | The film will be available between July 4th at 6 P.M. until July 8th at 6 P.M.

Meet the Filmmakers

  • Master Class with the producer Julie Goldman

    Thu 08.07 at 18:00

Nanfu Wang is an award-winning Chinese filmmaker based in the U.S. Her feature documentaries include Hooligan Sparrow (Sundance 2016), I Am Another You (SXSW 2017, Special Jury Prize winner), and One Child Nation (Sundance 2019, Grand Jury Prize Winner).

Production: Jialing Zhang, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn
Production Company: HBO, Motto Pictures, Little Horse Crossing The River, Little Lantern Company
Editing: Nanfu Wang, Michael Shade
Cinematography & Research: Various
Sound Design: Ron Bochar
Music: Nathan Halpern