76 DAYS Documentary


Following the film, film critic Gil Robertson leads a conversation with filmmaker Hao Wu.

On January 23, 2020, to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, China put Wuhan, a city of 11 million, on complete lockdown. For the next 76 days, with the city a ghost town, Wuhan’s hospital wards became ground zero in a life-and-death struggle against the virus. A tour-de-force of cinematic nonfiction storytelling, 76 DAYS reveals the dark horrors that took place inside these wards but also discovers, miraculously, such moments of lightness as a young couple nervously awaiting their newborn baby who has been in quarantine; a cantankerous patient trying repeatedly to sneak out without permission; and a doctor playfully drawing a flower on a nurse’s plastic protective gear. These are 76 days of terror — and acts of extraordinary courage — that will be remembered by the people of Wuhan for all-time. –Ken Jacobson

Hao Wu has received support for his documentaries from the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms, ITVS, Sundance, Tribeca, and numerous international broadcasters. His last feature, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE, won the Grand Jury Award at 2018 SXSW. His latest short, ALL IN MY FAMILY, is a Netflix Original Documentary and launched globally in May 2019.

Hao Wu


Country: China

Year: 2020

Directors: Hao Wu, Weixi Chen, Anonymous

Producers: Hao Wu, Jean Tsien

Executive Producers: Bryn Mooser, Roberto Grande, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Naja Pham Lockwood

Directors of Photography: Anonymous, Weixi Chen

Editor: Hao Wu

Running Time (minutes): 93

Language: Chinese