On January 23rd, 2020, China locked down Wuhan, a city of 11 million, to combat the emerging COVID-19 outbreak. Set deep inside the frontlines of the crisis in four hospitals, 76 Days tells indelible human stories at the center of this pandemic—from a woman begging in vain to bid a final farewell to her father, a grandpa with dementia searching for his way home, a couple anxious to meet their newborn, to a nurse determined to return personal items to families of the deceased. These raw and intimate stories bear witness to the death and rebirth of a city under a 76-day lockdown, and to the human resilience that persists in times of profound tragedy.

Hao Wu & Jean Tsien

76 Days Director – Hao Wu

Technology executive-turned-filmmaker Hao Wu takes a raw and human approach to story-telling in an era when culture evolves online and across borders. Wu’s award-winning documentary films havereceived support from Ford Foundation JustFilms, ITVS, Sundance, Tribeca and international broadcasters. 76 Days, Wu’s latest work and the first feature documentary on the COVID-19 pandemic to play at a film festival, world premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2020.

76 Days Producer – Jean Tsien

Jean Tsien has been working in documentary films for over 35 years as an editor, producer, and consultant. Her notable editing credits include the 2001 Academy Award nominee, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy, three Peabody Award-winning films, and the 2020 Primetime EMMY winner for Best Documentary The Apollo. In 2021 she received two Peabody Awards for executive producing the landmark five-part PBS series Asian Americans, and as a producer for 76 Days, which was shortlisted for the Academy Award. Tsien received the Art of Editing Mentorship Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 DOC NYC.

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