On January 23rd, 2020, China locked down Wuhan, a city of 11 million, to combat the emerging COVID-19 outbreak. Set deep inside the frontlines of the crisis, 76 Days tells indelible human stories of healthcare workers and patients who struggle to survive the pandemic with resilience and dignity.
On January 23rd, 2020, China locked down Wuhan, a city of 11 million, to combat the emerging COVID-19 outbreak. Set deep inside the frontlines of the crisis in four hospitals, 76 Days tells indelible human stories at the center of this pandemic from a woman begging in vain to bid a final farewell to her father, a grandpa with dementia searching for his way home, a couple anxious to meet their newborn, to a nurse determined to return personal items to families of the deceased. These raw and intimate stories bear witness to the death and rebirth of a city under a 76-day lockdown, and to the human resilience that persists in times of profound tragedy.
"One of the best I saw via Toronto is '76 Days', a tough, very good Chinese documentary about the first months of the pandemic in Wuhan."—Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"By far the most of-the-moment selection this year was the world premiere of '76 Days', a riveting documentary filmed during the shutdown in Wuhan, China. [An] astonishingly candid and deeply wrenching portrait of death, suffering and compassion."—Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"[A] remarkable front-line report… An emotional-wringer… A work of true direct cinema… The camerawork and editing are extraordinary in their immediacy and their sensitivity to chaos, exhaustion and resilience — often all at once. There's tenderness too, and awe."—Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter
- Director: Hao Wu, Anonymous, Weixi Chen
- Country: USA
- Year: 2020
- Running Time: 93 min.
- Producer: Hao Wu, Jean Tsien
- Screenplay: Hao Wu
- Cinematographers: Anonymous, Weixi Chen
- Editors: Hao Wu
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: Best Documentary Feature Audience Award (AFI FEST)
- Filmography: People’s Republic of Desire (2018), The Road to Fame (2013), Beijing or Bust (2005)
- Language: Mandarin