Have questions or looking for resources after watching our free screening of 76 Days? Here is a list of resources from and about the film:
- 76 Days official website
- RadioWest interview with director Hao Wu
- ‘The eye of the storm’: how 76 Days captured Wuhan’s Covid lockdown up close – The Guardian
- ‘Watch this film to see how horrible Covid-19 is. Wear your mask’ – The Irish Times
- Watch All In My Family on Netflix – director Hao Hu’s personal short film “After starting a family of his very own in America, a gay filmmaker documents his loving, traditional Chinese family’s process of acceptance.”
- State of Utah Coronavirus website
- Post-film Q&A from our Janaury 19, 2021 screening featuring director Hao Wu, moderated by KUER’s RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.
The opening sequences feel like a genre movie — science-fiction, zombie horror, apocalyptic thriller. We watch hospital workers, encased in PPE so that we only see their eyes behind foggy goggles, as they race from one patient to another. At the hospital doors, a desperate crowd is clamoring for entry. The overwhelmed workers can only admit a few people at a time.
For all the fantastical elements, this is the reality of 2020. The filmmakers of 76 Days capture an invaluable record of life inside Wuhan, China, ground zero for the outbreak of COVID-19. On January 23, the city of 11 million people went into a lockdown that lasted 76 days. This film concentrates mainly on medical workers and patients to give a pulse-racing account of what it was like to survive.
“76 Days excels beyond mere reportage. The camera work is so strong that you could frame still images. In the face of fear and uncertainty, we also witness perseverance and humor, as medical workers use magic markers to decorate their plastic outfits. One memorable figure is a head nurse who never fails to make a human connection with patients, even under dire circumstances”. — Toronto International Film Festival
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