2021 (USA) 94 minutes

Directed by: Matthew Heineman

With exclusive access to one of New York’s hardest-hit hospital systems, Oscar nominated and Emmy award winning director Matthew Heineman spotlights the everyday heroes at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic as they come together to fight one of the greatest threats the world had ever encountered. Leaving a devastating trail of death and despair, this once-in-a-century pandemic changed the very fabric of daily life and exposed long-standing inequities in our society. The “first wave” of COVID-19 ravaged New York City from March through June 2020. Employing his signature approach of character-driven cinema verite, Heineman documents those harrowing first four months, embedding with a group of doctors, nurses and patients on the frontlines as they all navigated the crisis. With each distinct storyline serving as a microcosm through which we can view the emotional and societal impacts of the pandemic, The First Wave is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

Opening Night Film – 2021 Hamptons International Film Festival

Courtesy – National Geographic

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