On Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. EST, Film Forum is presenting a live virtual Q & A with Hao Wu, Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker of 76 DAYS. This event is free to the public and will stream live on Film Forum’s YouTube channel. Click here to preorder tickets for 76 DAYS, which premieres December 4 in Film Forum’s Virtual Cinema.
In 2020, as COVID-19 swept the globe, award-winning documentary filmmaker Hao Wu co-directed a landmark film exploring the outbreak in Wuhan, China. Co-directed by Weixi Chen and Anonymous, Hao Wu’s 76 Days offers glimpses into the entire 76 day lockdown through the eyes of patients and medical workers.
Begun just days after the January 23, 2020 lockdown went into effect in Wuhan, and filmed without Chinese government approval, 76 DAYS is an intimate experience of life (and death) inside 4 Wuhan hospitals in the eye of the storm. The first 10 minutes feel like a Hollywood horror movie: hordes of desperate people storming the hospital, faced by beleaguered medical staff. Chaos, shouting, and tears give way to what becomes the new-normal – as doctors and nurses, clad from head to toe in hazmat suits, exhibit moving comradery with one another and profound compassion for their patients. There’s even humor and pathos as a new baby is born (dubbed “Little Penguin”), a confused elderly patient insists on haunting the hallways looking for a way out, and workers write messages on their outfits, like “Clay Pot Chicken: I miss you.” The Atlantic magazine hails 76 DAYS as “both unwatchable and utterly compelling… unvarnished and raw, a first draft of a history that’s still being written.”
HAO WU (DIRECTOR) Wu’s documentary films have received funding support from The Ford Foundation JustFilms, ITVS, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, NYSCA and international broadcasters. His previous feature documentary, People’s Republic of Desire, about China’s live-streaming phenomenon, won the Grand Jury Award at the 2018 SXSW festival, among many other awards. It has screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide and broadcasted nationally on PBS Independent Lens. The New York Times calls the film “hyper-charged,” while The Los Angeles Times says it’s “invariably surprising and never less than compelling.” His latest short, All in My Family, is a Netflix Original Documentary and launched globally in May 2019. Born and raised in China, Wu now travels between the U.S. and China. From 2008-2011, he was a fellow at New America, a D.C.-based think tank. His writing has appeared on Time.com, Slate.com, Marketplace Radio, Strait Times, China Newsweek, and China Daily. He is a member of the Documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
76 DAYS will be released in over 50 virtual cinemas nationwide (including Film Forum in NY and Laemmle Theaters in LA) beginning Friday, December 4.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.