A documentary film about the covid-19 pandemic will be released in cinemas in March

A documentary film about the covid-19 pandemic will be released in cinemas in March

Documentary film about the covid-19 pandemic will be released in March

Illustrative photo – People's Old Town Square in Prague in a picture taken on October 23, 2020. Due to the spread of the covid-19 disease, government regulations restrict movement and contact with other people. Exceptions are trips to work, shopping, to the doctor or to visit family.

Prague – For three years, directors Vít Klusák and Marika Pecháčková filmed the documentary Velké nic about how Czech society coped with the covid-19 pandemic. The tragicomedy, which according to the creators is the result of filming, will be released in theaters on March 16. The trailer for the film, which they published, shows a deserted Prague, rescuers on call, police officers checking masks in parks, athletes in domestic conditions, a covid nude beach or anti-mask demonstrations.

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Filmmakers did not fit into the role of a judge who decides what and how to think. With the camera, they decided to capture the daily life of people across society during this unprecedented event.

“The three-year filming was a kind of treatment, not to be controlled by covid and its effects, but to transform all its annoyingness into creative energy. I just didn't want to stay locked up somewhere, so we went filming. And I'm glad that we didn't get a documentary out of it it's a torturous torment that despite all the wistful undertones, the film is unexpectedly cheerful,” said director Vít Klusák.

“I was fascinated by the void created by covid. A space in which we were given the opportunity to hear our inner voices. Those that we sweep under the carpet in our daily hustle and bustle. It is often difficult to let their message come to our bodies and suddenly the possibility of perceiving them on a collective level. With the film, I wanted to build a monument to that. To frame the covid experience differently than as a dark time,” director Marika Pecháčková said about the film.

According to a later survey, the first case of human infection with a new form of coronavirus appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in the central province of Hubei on December 1, 2019. According to a joint study by scientists from China and the World Health Organization (WHO), the virus was probably transmitted to humans from animals , through trade in wild species.

In the Czech Republic, testing discovered the first cases of a new type of coronavirus on March 1, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic brought with it a number of restrictions, one of the symbols of which was wearing masks and later respirators . Their introduction in mid-March 2020 was received differently by the public. The masks were worn until the end of June 2020, after the summer release they returned in September of the same year. From February 2021, they were mostly replaced by respirators. After their introduction, part of the population refused to wear masks not only in the Czech Republic. Some argued the adverse health consequences, some people did not wear masks as a sign of resistance to government regulations.

At the end of this January, 670 million cases of covid and over 6.8 million related deaths were recorded in the world.