After all, conspiracy theories and common misinformation about the origin of the Chinese coronavirus are sensitive, humanitarian. Uhan Uhan Depoliticizing the subject does a subtle job.
This documentary shows how the Chinese response to the outbreak of the virus was very similar to that of hospitals around the world, although its interest for viewers may lie in pointing out some minor differences, directed by Yung Chang, a Chinese Canadian who is well known on the festival circuit Above Yangtze And China heavyweight, And produced by a team that includes Donna Ziglioti, the film is leaning towards the Hot Docs, where its anxious approach can only continue so far, although its context is bound to arouse interest.
The ultimate secluded streets and alleys of Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, created this scene for a series of character sketches that became intimate throughout the film. The time is February 2020, “two months into lockdown into” Yung Chang and his video crew seem to have exclusive access to city dwellers and hospitals at the height of the outbreak, which has enlivened a lot of anecdotal evidence we saw in news reports. Ignoring the question of whether the virus originated in Wuhan’s wet market, he focuses on how local medical staff and selfless volunteers from other provinces came together for heroic missions as deadly.
Who followed the COVID-19 news in this life-changing year – and who didn’t? – Parallel to a similar scene from San Francisco to Milan, the hospital will recognize how common the scenes are. There are doctors and nurses treated for PPE who disappear behind hazmat suits, masks and goggles and write their names and pictures on their chests so that patients can recognize them. There is a former convention center where the 2,000-bed Fangkong Field Hospital does not fill the mouths of actual and suffering patients, whose faces do not blur. And Dr. There are flowers and prayers on the sidewalk outside Li Len Weliang, where doctors finally took the initial warning about the deadly virus until it was implemented by the Chinese government. But this salute to the brave doctor is an enthusiastic doctor blip determined to avoid all sorts of controversy.
The most interesting of the many personal stories is that of a young man, Yin, and his nervous wife, Ku. She is extremely pregnant and extremely frustrated, worried about Jin’s job as a volunteer driver as she carries medical staff to the hospital. (We She is worried about how she is going to give birth. But he does it in a startling scene.) Although Yin wears the full PPE and has no direct contact with his riders in his back seat, the risk he is taking is clearly proven. A small crisis arises when he has to look for a baby cage and can’t find one. Small things, perhaps, but it comes as real.
The other characters are described very briefly with great care. A mother and her son are unable to get home from a large field hospital count A severe psychologist has shown emotional support for traumatized COID patients, while his own father is dying of cancer. An ER head and a nurse The nurses staying at a particular hotel make video calls every night to talk to their families; Looks like they can use counseling too. In this situation the drama is never pushed to a tragic length, with some TV news reports shedding far fewer tears than provoking.
Without excitement, Uhan Uhan Creating its solitary mark through a natural approach in a culture where people don’t seem to revolt against a harsh government lockdown. In contrast, the heroism of a volunteer like Yin, a factory worker, who insisted that he had spent a long time suing to escape monotony, seems to have been motivated by concerns for the collective that outweighed Western values. The film gives you weight and thoughts on such issues.
Although it was painted by a team of videographers, the quality of production is clearly driving across the vast city of connected highways, especially past the dazzling architecture of endless apartment blocks and other snapshots of city life. Wuhan-based rock band Hualun blends his incredible modern soundtrack with low volume, which guides you through
Production companies: Starlight Media, in association with Kartemquin Film
Director-Screenwriter: Young Chang
Producers: Donna Ziglioti, Peter Luo, Diane Conn
Executive Producers: Donnie Yen, Cheng Yang, Yuki Zhang
Editor: Evita Yuepu Chiu, Jimo Huang
Location: Hot Docs
World sales: 30 West