We close out CAAMFest FORWARD with a powerful new documentary by CAAMFest alum, Hao Wu (The Road to Fame, People’s Republic of Desire). In this intimate and eye-opening film, 76 DAYS captures the struggles of patients and frontline medical professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan, China.
From the start, it’s a haunting look at how the pandemic impacted the hospitals and neighborhoods in Wuhan. These are images that could be out of a sci-fi feature. On January 23, the city of 11 million people went into a lockdown that lasted 76 days. Directors Wu and Weixi Chen, along with US Producer (and CAAM’s Fellowship Program uber-mentor) Jean Tsien, approach this documentary with a raw and realistic approach, chronicling the horrors – and humanity – as the virus spread throughout the city.
Join us after the screening for a special Q&A with the filmmakers behind this timely documentary.
Program includes live Q&A with co-director Hao Wu.
Hao Wu is a Chinese American writer, director, editor, and documentarian. He received his BSc. in biology from the University of Science and Technology of China, his MSc. in molecular biology from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, and his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. His films as director include Beijing or Bust (05); The Road to Fame (13); People’s Republic of Desire (18), which won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at South by Southwest; the short All in My Family (19); and 76 Days (20).
Weixi Chen is a video reporter for Esquire China. His documentary shorts have been supported by Tencent News and First Documentary Lab, and have won awards at the Hong Kong International Festival and the Caixin Media Awards. 76 Days (20) is his feature directorial debut.