When the coronavirus first became news in January 2020, filmmaker Nanfu Wang was visiting her family in China. In this penetrating film essay, she seeks to understand how governments shaped information about the pandemic both in China and the United States, making decisions with far-reaching ramifications. She skillfully weaves a wide range of sources to carefully analyze how the early months of Covid-19 unfolded and how they could have gone differently.

-Courtesy of HBO Documentary Films

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Nanfu Wang and Producers Jialing Zhang, Julie Goldman, Carolyn Hepburn and Christopher Clements.

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Closed Captioning for in-person screenings at IFC Center and Cinepolis Chelsea
Closed Captioning for online screenings

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Director: Nanfu Wang
Executive Producer: Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Sara Rodriguez
Producer: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn
Editor: Nanfu Wang, Michael Shade
Music: Nathan Halpern
Language: English, Mandarin
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Publicist: Cinetic Media
US Distributor: HBO