A new documentary chronicling healthcare workers’ own personal experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic will be unveiled during an online event hosted by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) on Tuesday 9 March (5.30pm).
Documentary tells health workers’ COVID-19 stories
The documentary is being produced by ARU’s StoryLab research institute and the event – taking place a year after the World Health Organisation declared a global pandemic – will discuss how creative expression has helped healthcare practitioners find meaning in what has happened over the past 12 months.
Clips from the film-in-progress will be shown during the free public event, which will also feature a panel discussion with some of the healthcare professionals who have collaborated on the film, which originated from The Frontline project launched in April last year.
Dr Marques Hardin, Researcher at StoryLab, said: “StoryLab set up an online archive at the start of the pandemic in early 2020. We invited health and social care professionals to submit their stories and experiences through any creative media.
“We received over 85 contributions during COVID-19's first wave and decided to evolve the project into a documentary film. This subsequent and ongoing journey has given us all a highly charged and emotional insight into the world of our healthcare practitioners.
"We think there is an important value in the creative output of health and social care professionals during the pandemic. These creative narratives can provide deeper insights into their experiences and help the public gain a fuller understanding of COVID-19's impact on those who care for us."
The film, which was produced with Dr Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco of the University of Essex, tells the story of an Italian town destroyed by an earthquake in 1980. The researchers used 3D technology to recreate Senerchia, and combined this footage with interviews with those affected, songs, poems, and archive material, including photos and newspaper reports.
Image: Still from the new film - image taken by Emily Gilhespy
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