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The First Wave  2021
Director:  Matthew Heineman
Producer:
  Matthew Heineman, Jenna Millman and Leslie Norville
Editor:
  Francisco Bello, Matthew Heineman, Gabriel Thodes and David Zieff, with Sammy Dane
Music:
  H. Scott Salinas
Director of Photography:
  Brian Dawson, Matthew Heineman, Ross McDonnell, Alex Spritz and Thorsten Thielow, additional photography by Matt Porwoll
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Cast:
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spacer1 Ahmed Ellis
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Synopsis:
March 2020 saw COVID-19 spread rapidly through the West. Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, A Private War) follows emergency medical responders in New York City, risking their lives on the front-line as they confront the devastation wreaked during those first four months. Nurses hear endless pleas from patients who can’t breathe – words that would soon become synonymous with the Black Lives Matter movement following George Floyd’s murder at the hands of the police.

While huge protests are mobilised to counter systemic racism, in hospital wards the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on Black and Hispanic communities is palpable. Health centres are overwhelmed and staff are exhausted and heartbroken. This is a searing and intimate portrait of the nurses and doctors caught in the eye of a storm and working with a heroic and inspirational commitment to care.

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