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The First Wave will challenge what you think you know about the early days of the pandemic.
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Here’s a look at our panel who tackled vital issues and how faculty, students and libraries can cultivate a hopeful future through all we’ve learned.
Matthew Heineman, Academy® Award-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker
Dr. Nathalie Dougé, the frontline doctor in The First Wave
J. Corey Feist, JD, MBA, President & Co-Founder, Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation
*The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, (HR 1667) aims to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, and mental and behavioral health conditions among health care professionals.
About the Film
With exclusive access inside one of New York’s hardest hit hospital systems during the terrifying first four months of the pandemic, Oscar®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning director Matthew Heineman’s The First Wave spotlights the everyday heroes at the epicenter of COVID-19 as they come together to fight one of the greatest threats the world has ever encountered. Leaving a devastating trail of death and despair, this once-in-a-century pandemic changed the very fabric of our daily lives and exposed long-standing inequities in our society. Employing his signature approach of character-driven cinema vérité, Heineman embeds with a group of doctors, nurses and patients on the frontlines as they all desperately try to navigate the crisis. With each distinct storyline serving as a microcosm through which we can view the emotional and societal impacts of the pandemic, The First Wave is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.
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