Our block that addresses the Covid-19 Pandemic with varied stories. As this year has affected everyone differently, the films in this block express a range of experiences. In these films, the filmmakers explore these difficult times to document and retell what this year meant for them, and how important it is for us to see and support each other despite the necessary separation.
COVID RESPONSE ~ A Himalayan story, is a documentary on the ongoing global pandemic and how it affects a remote Himalayan state in India. The film is a critical look at the various ways in which people’s suffering- mental, physical and financial, have been worsened by the novel coronavirus.
The 25-minute documentary celebrates Himachal Pradesh’s self-reliance and resilience. Viewers will get to witness incredible stories of people on the frontline of this global health crisis- from doctors, nurses to social health volunteers. The film touches upon the migrant crisis in India through the eyes of Aditi, a young environmental activist who turned to labour rights overnight. Artists like Meenakshi- program director of Dharamshala’s community radio, worked everyday throughout India’s historic lockdown to make sure the people were informed on the latest government guidelines, during one of the world’s most uncertain times. The documentary also highlights the work of rural development organisations like CORD, that have worked tirelessly for decades to uplift women and empower villages - work that was very handy during this pandemic.
The objective of the film is to highlight loopholes in India’s healthcare and administrative systems while celebrating front-line workers.
During the COVID-19 self-quarantine, a nurse finds herself experiencing mixed emotions including loneliness, boredom, and fear; as attacks on Asian Americans hit closer and closer to home.
This film was made with nearly all Asian cast and crew, including the director, writers, DP, and 3 cast members.
Content Warning: Adult Content.
When her best friend dies of the COVID-19, a girl reassesses her entire place in society.
This quarantine got me thinking about my place in society, the role of an artist in times of a crisis as well as all the simple every-day moments we used to enjoy before. I reflected on loss, what does it feel like to lose someone, particularly when you weren't with them during their last moments? Between New Orleans and Paris, I tried to reflect on some questions that were on my mind.
Blanca Regalado witnessed the femicide of her sister, Susan Regalado. In this short he recounts the horror that Susan lived with her life partner, with whom she had been married for 21 years and ended up stabbing her in her bed.
Content Warning: Mild Violence.
Documentary film, self-portrait made during the quarantine period due to the global pandemic by COVID-19, in which a self-exploration of the body and its relationship with freedom and confinement is made.
Content Warnings: Contains Adult Content and Nudity
We cannot explain anxiety, but we can feel it. This film was created for the project ‘This is me eating ___’, by the NYC-based theater company Et Alia Theater, and proposes a dialogue about the relationship between ANXIETY and PANDEMIC.
Content Warning: Graphic Language.