VIRAL is not a video diary and not another film about the horror of the Corona crisis, exhausted doctors, and […]


VIRAL is not a video diary and not another film about the horror of the Corona crisis, exhausted doctors, and tragic deaths. It is the grand narrative of the collective experience through which 2.6 billion people (as of March 24th, 2020) are going through: How is life in lockdown? How does it feel to not leave the apartment for days and weeks? And what is it that carries us through the crisis and helps us overcome it?

In times of ‘social isolation’, videos are clicked, commented and shared by millions and thus are not just metaphorically our current “window to the world”. As part of the collective memory in the digital age, these videos influence how we as individuals and as society will remember this event: the live concerts on Facebook by pianist Igor Levit, the touching videos of singing Italians on their balconies, and videos documenting the ingenuity with which parents bring their children through the crisis. These are examples of the images and moments that will be remembered in the future when we are asked how we survived the lockdown.

VIRAL has an episodic structure and a “natural” dramaturgical tension, in which it accompanies four to six main protagonists throughout the entire period of the crisis. Our protagonists encounter conflicts and obstacles and find creative ways to overcome them: from day one of the lockdown, through the crisis and fear on the fifth day, the new routine and the explosion of creativity in the second week, to the liberation when at some point everything will be over. The dramaturgical condensation of these stories into a grand narrative is at the heart of VIRAL.

While most of the videos are shot in people’s private homes, the outside world is told through news reports and TV announcements by Merkel, Macron, Trump & Co. These news items contextualize each chapter and tell the dramatic course of the crisis.

VIRAL is the film for the time after the crisis, however the world will look then.


Directed by: Sagi Bornstein und Udi Nir
Editing: Sagi Bornstein
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz
Line Producer: Kathrin Isberner
Co-Producer: Udi Nir & Sagi Bornstein


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