In the Same Breath

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Asian Cultures & Issues
Health & the Pandemic
Media & Journalism
Politics & Political Intrigue
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Nanfu Wang
Producer(s):Nanfu Wang
Jialing Zhang
Julie Goldman
Christopher Clements
Carolyn Hepburn
Executive Producer(s):Nancy Abraham
Lisa Heller
Editor(s):Nanfu Wang
Michael Shade
Sound:Ron Bochar


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Winner of Sundance's Grand Jury Prize, Nanfu Wang's searing investigation into COVID-19's origins and spread issues a devastating indictment of a global state of misinformation. Wang, her husband and toddler son were in China celebrating Lunar New Year when she heard early news reports of people being arrested for spreading false pneumonia rumours. Within days, Wuhan's hospitals would be overwhelmed with what the world now knows to be an unbound pandemic. Wang instinctively hired covert camera people to document what they could while undertaking her own highly sophisticated online inquiries. Patients and terrified relatives, deleted social media posts, hospital workers, citizen journalists and crematorium staff reveal the horrifying truths that, when left untold in the hands of Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, became fodder for misdirection, mismanagement and unprecedented tragedy. Combining expert journalistic research with unflinching filmmaking, Wang crafts an era-defining record of a still-unfolding emergency. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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  • NOW Magazine"Wang stands out for her ability to tell a big-picture story through intimate scenes of working people forced into difficult choices beyond their control, while also exposing the levers of state power every step of the way."
  • CTV News - INTERVIEW with director Nanfu Wang 

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