ACMI in association with AIDC presents
In The Same Breath + Q&A
Featuring a pre-recorded in-conversation with director Nanfu Wang & The Saturday Paper’s Rick Morton
A startling look at how two of the world’s most powerful nations handled the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and prioritised their reputations over public safety
Wang Nanfu's extraordinary documentary sees contemporary political structures are as much of a disease as Covid-19, and, in the long run, the deadlier foes
Featuring a pre-recorded in-conversation with director Nanfu Wang and The Saturday Paper’s Senior Reporter, Rick Morton.
When award-winning documentarian Nanfu Wang (One Child Nation) went to visit her mother in Wuhan, she had no idea what was coming. It was January 2019 and beyond a few rumours of a mysterious new type of pneumonia, life was ‘normal’. Two years later, we are living with COVID-19.
In the Same Breath is an exploration of how China and the United States dealt with the initial outbreak of COVID-19, downplaying its severity to preserve public image. Wang asks the question: if these powerful nations had been more transparent and forthcoming with information, could the world have been spared this seemingly endless pandemic?
Wang provides explosive on-the-ground footage from Wuhan, then the US, as the virus spreads throughout the world, and with it, confusion, anger and misinformation. With firsthand accounts from doctors, nurses, patients and grieving loved ones, Wang focuses on the individuals who endeavoured to uncover and share the truth, despite facing red tape and roadblocks from authorities. In the Same Breath cuts above the sensationalist noise of the pandemic news-cycles and provides a refreshingly measured take on misinformation in the age of COVID-19.
– Curated by ACMI Film Programs
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