Portraits of a Pandemic – The front lines of the fight against COVID-19
Brazil was one of the countries most affected by covid-19, being the 2nd in number of deaths. In addition, the country suffered a large wave of fake news and denialism by the government of that time.
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, a reference in health in Latin America and responsible for the first positive diagnosis of the virus in the country, identified the importance of recording this chapter in human history in a factful documentary to present the real dimension of the facts, the backstage of private and public hospitals and the actions of healthcare professionals in this battle for life. Something to be seen, revisited and never forgotten for generations.
In this effort, March 2020 marked the beginning of the recording of “Portraits of a Pandemic – The front lines of the fight against COVID-19”, a project that you will learn about in detail now.
Filming for the documentary series began in 2020, shortly after the confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in Brazil by Hospital Albert Einstein.
A team of documentary filmmakers was invited to record, over more than 2 years of the pandemic, the day-to-day life of the clinical staff and other healthcare professionals in its two private units, in São Paulo and Goiânia, and in the public units managed by the institution.
In numbers, there were more than 70 days of recordings and 140 interviews that resulted in a rich and moving documentary – which was later adapted to a series format.
A Hospital Albert Einstein series, the documentary is a co-production of Vbrand and Cine Group, with artistic and content supervision by Eduardo Rajabally; and depicts, in parallel, five plots on different themes that emerged during the pandemic.WATCH ON GLOBOPLAY
SERIES - HEALTH - 2022
A Leap into the Abyss
In the first episode, we learn about Einstein’s titanic struggle against a hitherto unknown virus that has taken the entire world hostage.
Life in the Bubble
With the outbreak of the pandemic, the fear of contamination by covid practically imprisoned us inside a sterile environment that we used to call “home”
Between Life and Death
For hundreds of thousands of Brazilians, the diagnosis of covid was fatal. Doctors and patients tell what they felt when they received the news that they had contracted the virus.
Science against Misinformation
In a moment of uncertainty, being in direct dialogue with the rest of the world is essential. What was the role of science and research in combating misinformation?
The pre-launch took place on March 8th, 2022, for 120 special guests, including healthcare professionals and Albert Einstein Hospital leaders (many of whom participated in the recordings). Exclusive cinema sessions were also held for employees of various public health units.
HOSPITAL ISRAELITA ALBERT EINSTEIN
With over 60 years of existence, Sociedade Beneficente Israelita Brasileira Albert Einstein maintains the same foundations: to innovate and grow, always striving for excellence. In addition to two private hospitals, it manages 30 units of the Brazilian National Health System (SUS, which provides free care to the entire population), and operates in the areas of Social Responsibility, Teaching, Research and Innovation.
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein was considered by the Newsweek World’s Best Specialized Hospitals 2023 ranking the best hospital in Brazil and Latin America in three specialties: Gastroenterology, Oncology and Orthopedics. The hospital also achieved prominent positions in seven other specialties, being recognized, in 10 of the award’s 11 areas.
It is a reference in treatments with cutting-edge technology and humanized care.