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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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Run time: 93 mins
Director: Matthew Heineman
Producers: Jenna Millman, Leslie Norville
Cast: Dr. Nathalie Dougé, Ahmed and Alexis Ellis, Kellie Wunsch, Brussels Jabon, Karl Arabian
The First Wave
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MIRACULOUS…A courageous and astonishing cinematic time capsule


Harrowing … Extraordinary.


A breathtaking testament to the fight to live, the calling to heal, and the power of human connection

The Hollywood Reporter

Heineman's masterfully crafted film is a work of high-impact drama

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