About the Film
Filmed onsite at Long Island Jewish Medical Center from March to June of 2020, this powerful and important documentary chronicles Northwell’s response to the first wave of the pandemic and spotlights the heroic work of our frontline team members and the psychological toll of COVID-19. In addition, the film underscores the inequities of care illuminated by the pandemic.
“It’s both a vital piece of historical record that bravely captures the unseen horrors of the pandemic and a generous celebration of human dignity whose existence feels miraculous.” – Tomris Laffly, Variety
“The First Wave” understands the way that individuals frequently can only process events in personal terms and amplifies that understanding in order to create a broader portrait of loss, and to create and encourage empathy to persevere in spite of it.” -Todd Gilchrist, The Wrap
“It’s also a breathtaking testament to the fight to live, the calling to heal, and the power of human connection.”-Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter