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In the Same Breath (2021)In the Same Breath (2021)

In the Same Breath (2021)

A Chinese filmmaker's account of COVID-19 cover-ups and propaganda

Documentary, Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.1

movie

China, United States of America

English, Mandarin

Instructive, Thought-provoking

2021

Female director, Nanfu Wang

98 min

Synopsis

This documentary recounts the experiences of people on the ground in the earliest days of the novel coronavirus and the way two countries dealt with its initial spread, from the first days of the outbreak in Wuhan to its rampage across the United States.

Our Take

8.1
Bilal Zouheir

The culture of propaganda and cover-ups that kicked off the pandemic is the subject of this compelling documentary by award-winning director Nanfu Wang (One Child Nation). Wang, who traveled with her family to China in January 2020, saw and filmed the pandemic firsthand, and wrote to major newspapers like The New York Times to convince them to write about it. They never did. 

Media and government in both China and the U.S. played down the threat, and this documentary asks how different everything would have gone otherwise. More dauntingly, it’s an examination of how the Communist Party in China managed to use the event to its advantage. 

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