119min or 52 min original Chinese, English, German, Hebrew, Italian, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili version with English or German subtitles available
Spring 2020. Suddenly the world stands still. On every continent, people find themselves in a lockdown. The world as we know it is has suddenly changed. What will come next is uncertain. Filmed over a year in twelve different locations, from the Amazon to Kuala Lumpa, Nairobi to New York, this film profiles the year when everything changed. Stories of hope and despair, empathy and ignorance, resilience and a feeling that everyone has had to face: the sense of our own mortality. Twelve intimate portraits from twelve places in a fragile world. The residents of an indigenous village in the Amazon seal themselves and construct a building for the infected. A mother sees her baby taking its first steps and longs for her family. A married couple, on the brink of separating, are forced to isolate together. A homeless pizza delivery man tries to find a place to live while navigating covid controls. A young woman returns to the world of her ultra-orthodox childhood. A nurse buries an old woman in a foreign country. Twelve stories about the resilience of humanity in a world beyond silence. [Java Films Paris/London]
Filmed by Takuma Kuikuro in Alto Xingu, Gundula Beckmann in Haifa, Yihwen Chen in Kuala Lumpur, Dimitri Pervushin in Moscow, Joseph Mucheru in Nairobi, Victor Magrath in Rio de Janero, Julio Weiss in Cochamba, Manuel Fenn, Sophia Fenn in Berlin, Agostina Gualá in London, Ali Mohamed Ghasemi in Nasschfabad, Valerio Ciriaci in New York.
2021 36 DOK.fest Munich
Cast and Crew
Director Manuel Fenn
Producer Thomas Jeschner, Volker Zobelt, René Frotscher