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HOT DOCS 2021 Review: WUHAN WUHAN Is An Engaging Display Of Empathy

Yung Chang's quietly effective documentary Wuhan Wuhan is both a time travelling machine and an empathy machine. Straddling the cinematic line between Frederick Wiseman and Robert Altman, high praise that is both obvious and merited, Chang's film takes us back to February 2020, when Wuhan was just getting the initial wave of COVID-19, the worlds first battle with the novel coronavirus, under some semblance of control. The city is locked down and unsettlingly quiet, you are now, no doubt, familiar with images of urban landscapes with little traffic or people. The 11-million citizen city has 5 hospitals, as well as several hastily converted/erected field quarantine zones. All remain a whirr of activity in stark contrast to the rest of Wuhan. Beeping monitor machines give these places the…

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