Living in Times
of Coronavirus

Empty streets, no planes in the sky, everything is silent.

In times of Coronavirus, reality becomes more and more surreal. Confined by the four walls of our homes, news media is our only window to the outside world.

Living in Times of Coronavirus is a series of short films exploring a contagious world; stories of reality made and shared as we live it.

Ukraine: national lockdown

Five young Ukrainian filmmakers tell their stories on how they experience the lockdown in different parts of Ukraine.

Facing their fears of recovery from the virus, sudden changes of the everyday life encountered positive developments of spending more time with the families and negative effects of influencing the political movements in the country.

The films are distributed by the Ukrainian independent media platform Hromadske in Kyiv.

Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger:
Will I die from Covid-19 or from starvation?

“Our society is deeply rooted in living together, it’s not about to change anytime soon, despite the Evil!” (Ousmane Samassékou, Mali)

In this mini-series of five corona-films from the Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger in West Africa) you glimpse into the local realities and the challenges that citizens are facing due to the imposed regulations and restrictions.

How shall we eat, how shall we live together, will we die from this? These are some of the questions asked by filmmakers from the Sahel. A severe challenge in the Sahel region is that a large part of the population does not believe that the virus exists.

Syrian refugees: Camp under lockdown

Six young Syrian film talents document life under lockdown in the Al Bayader camp in Lebanon.

Having escaped war and terror in neighbouring Syria, now the virus provokes new fear and frustration. These short documentaries give us a chance to experience their reality from inside the camp.

The films are facilitated by Action4Hope – an Arab organisation running a film school in the camp.

Palestine: Space is shrinking

Coronavirus has found its way through the walls. For a population already confined by decades of military lockdown, the pandemic seems to shrink Palestinian space even smaller.

Organised by FilmLab Palestine, five renowned Palestinian filmmakers take a closer look at the human impact of the quarantine and invite us into the daily lives of people in the West Bank and Gaza.

Ukraine: National lockdown

Five young Ukrainian filmmakers tell their stories on how they experience the lockdown in different parts of Ukraine.

Facing their fears of recovery from the virus, sudden changes of the everyday life encountered positive developments of spending more time with the families and negative effects of influencing the political movements in the country.

The films are distributed by the Ukrainian independent media platform Hromadske in Kyiv.

Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger: Will I die from Covid-19 or from starvation?

“Our society is deeply rooted in living together, it’s not about to change anytime soon, despite the Evil!” (Ousmane Samassékou, Mali)

In this mini-series of five corona-films from the Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger in West Africa) you glimpse into the local realities and the challenges that citizens are facing due to the imposed regulations and restrictions.

How shall we eat, how shall we live together, will we die from this? These are some of the questions asked by filmmakers from the Sahel. A severe challenge in the Sahel region is that a large part of the population does not believe that the virus exists.

Living in a refugee camp in Beqaa,
six Syrian filmmakers are documenting life under lockdown.

Escaping war and conflict in neighbouring country Syria, the strict lockdown provokes feelings of fear and frustration for many of the camp residents.

But even in times of coronavirus, the lockdown leaves space for hope and dreams.

Palestine: Space is shrinking

Coronavirus has found its way through the walls. For a population already confined by decades of military lockdown, the pandemic seems to shrink Palestinian space even smaller.

Organised by FilmLab Palestine, five renowned Palestinian filmmakers take a closer look at the human impact of the quarantine and invite us into the daily lives of people in the West Bank and Gaza.

Morocco: Life on hold

Five renowned Moroccan film directors invite us in to meet their families and experience life under quarantine.

Through the films, the audience is given a break from anxiety, escaping into each director’s particular universe.

The films are coordinated and streamed by the Moroccan creative incubator JAWJAB and premiered with more than 1 million views within the first week.

Morocco: Life on hold

Five renowned Moroccan film directors invite us in to meet their families and experience life under quarantine.

Through the films, the audience is given a break from anxiety, escaping into each director’s particular universe.

The films are coordinated and streamed by the Moroccan creative incubator JAWJAB and premiered with more than 1 million views within the first week.

Lebanon in lockdown

We want to help people understand that the stress and negative emotions they’re dealing with are normal reactions to an extreme situation like this,” explains Alia Ibrahim; co-founder of Lebanese news outlet Daraj. 

Five leading Lebanese filmmakers give the Beirut lockdown a human face. 

Daraj was the first platform to host Living in Times of Coronavirus, receiving substantial media coverage across the region.

Lebanon in lockdown

We want to help people understand that the stress and negative emotions they’re dealing with are normal reactions to an extreme situation like this,” explains Alia Ibrahim; co-founder of Lebanese news outlet Daraj. 

Five leading Lebanese filmmakers give the Beirut lockdown a human face. 

Daraj was the first platform to host Living in Times of Coronavirus, receiving substantial media coverage across the region.

Tunisia: Women speak out

From a stationmaster to a stay-at-home mum, from the street to the living room, five female filmmakers explore the impact of coronavirus on Tunisian society.

Alternating between the surreal and the mundane, time seems to collapse as the pressure frays nerves and relationships.

These short films are facilitated by the Tunisian film organisation Doc House in Tunis.

Tunisia: Women speak out

From a stationmaster to a stay-at-home mum, from the street to the living room, five female filmmakers explore the impact of coronavirus on Tunisian society.

Alternating between the surreal and the mundane, time seems to collapse as the pressure frays nerves and relationships.

These short films are facilitated by the Tunisian film organisation Doc House in Tunis.