The film begins with images of large crowds inside and outside. The hustle and bustle of the city, the New Year’s Eve party 2020. Scary card with the title: January. The list of Covid cases and deaths starts here. We met Wenhua Lin, a video blogger in Wuhan, China, who volunteered to take doctors and nurses.
To the hospital after employees shut down public transport. The streets are mostly empty. In Tehran, Iran, Mohammed Reza and Sarah Khaki went to their homes to carry out quarantine orders; they watched on television the Pope said a prayer for the world. As they expressed their scepticism about the ability of governments to respond to crises.
In London, Syrian refugee Hassan Akkad used the opportunity to work in a hospital:
At the Paraisopolis favela in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Renata Alves is a GPS navigator for the first reliable ambulance, a personal donation product.
Its job is to clean and disinfect; her social media story highlighting her tireless colleagues went viral. Usually, as the event coordinator, he knows the maze of favelas in the streets and alleys so well. That he decided to help out during the pandemic.
In Miami, dr. Pity Henderson publicly about how difficult it is to explain death so often; her job at Miami University Hospital was one of her jobs while the other provided bathrooms, medical supplies. And face masks to homeless people who had deteriorated during the crisis.
In Lima, Peru, Dr Rosa Luz Lopez is grappling with several issues. COVID patients lining up outside, a growing number of doctors and staff with positive tests. The pneumonia of their own, and the fate of a 15-year-old boy named Aldair. Who is intubated and a tracheostomy performed needed?
In Delhi, India, a terrified couple makes their way through a crowded hospital to see their obstetrician; Not far from there was a pile of firewood on the road. At the University of Oxford, Prof. Sarah Gilbert is working hard to make the AstraZeneca vaccine. And in Geneva, the Director-General of the World Health Organization. Dr Tedros Adhanom Gebreesus, a moderate tone against the politicization of virus violence.
Von Einsiedel’s comprehensive approach to pandemic stories covers many topics and seeks to address several universal themes. Mental health converging winds (Reza calls doctors about various physical symptoms and tells him. They are consistent with fear) include virtual wedding installations and funerals. And make political proposals when Gebreesus says. “There is no one Vaccine against false nationalism.”
A Delhi couple finally gave birth to a healthy child in a story that feels underdeveloped;
We feel sorry for Haki as he mourns the deaths of his uncle and father on Facetime. But otherwise, we don’t know him or Reza that well.
The most important documentary forms a narrative thread. About how the pandemic is further exacerbating the suffering of disadvantaged communities. “This is the poor country of Peru,” said a weary Lopez with visible masks and eye protection. Henderson helped a man with a head injury sustained when Miami City authorities bulldozed his homeless shelter.
Acad posted the video, which was embarrassing to the British government. Which offering mourning packages to doctors and nurses but not underemployed workers like him. Many of whom were also immigrants – and pushing for political change. Alves and a paramedic walk down wobbly hallways and stairs to help the sick. And he complains that Covid is his most minor fearful: “When will all the other pandemics end?” He asked.
Another subject worthy of its documentation. Some of these stories require further study; The scene that captures Alves’ work in the hapless favela is direct and engaging.
And an entire film could be made of all the other pandemics he’s talked about. The rapprochement is touching as the police officer’s murder of George Floyd sparked social justice marches worldwide. And is relevant given the disturbing surveillance cameras racially profiled from Henderson and the police handcuffs. It would be even more relevant if cut the film more focused and tight.
But the primary purpose of this film is to create unity in the face of disaster.
These stories are undoubtedly touching, and their scenes are severe and hurtful, portraying harsh realities with solid journalistic claims. Convergence finds some hope in tragedy and ends. With a montage singer coming out of the madness and manipulating a bit. But in the end, everything is fine. Everything is given.
Despite the story’s development, “Convergence: Courage in Crisis” is often touching. Sometimes hard to see the document that reminds us that people can make a difference even in a global crisis.