76 Days

76 Days

USA | 2020 | 93 min. | Hao Wu, Anonymous, Weixi Chen

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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.

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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