In the Same Breath

(IN THE SAME BREATH)

In the Same Breath

In terms of the coronavirus crisis, 2020 unfolded in surprisingly similar ways in China and the USA - in summary, in a tragic underestimation of the situation and in lying to their own citizens. Who is responsible?

Famous Chinese documentarist Nanfu Wang has lived in the USA for almost a decade, but she always returns to China to celebrate New Year. When the epidemic broke out in Wuhan in full force and the city was cut off from the outside world, Nanfu sent her colleagues out with cameras, to streets, hospitals and cemeteries to capture the tragedy on the front line. This real-life footage contrasts sharply with televised Chinese propaganda, which from the start, rather than take responsibility, lied, downplayed the disease’s severity and denied its consequences. Yet when the virus reached the USA, a similar path ensued, resulting in overcrowded hospitals and hundreds of thousands of deaths. The director is familiar with how the state works in both countries. In her film she encourages us to think about why, despite different political structures, similar tragic results occurred in both countries.

About the film

Director: Nanfu Wang
China, USA
2021 | 95 min.

Language: English, Chinese

Subtitles: Czech, English
In the case of outdoor screenings, the films are shown only with Czech subtitles.

Czech premiere

Category

Right To Know

Director

Nanfu Wang

Filmography
2021 - IN THE SAME BREATH
2019 - One Child Nation
2018 - Out of Many, One
2017 - I Am Another You
2016 - Hooligan Sparrow

Nanfu Wang

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