FRONTLINE: The Virus That Shook the World

FRONTLINE: The Virus That Shook the World

Mon, 04/26/2021 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Red Cross ambulance volunteers in Milan, Italy, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Credit: Courtesy of Alessandro Leonardi/Keo Films/FRONTLINE (PBS)

A two-part documentary special chronicling how people around the world have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic.

FRONTLINE presents The Virus That Shook the World, a two-part documentary special chronicling the first year of the coronavirus pandemic through the eyes of people all over the world — from a hot dog vendor in New York City to a ballet dancer in Moscow; from a food blogger in Wuhan to a filmmaker in a remote Indigenous village in Brazil. The Virus That Shook the World airs Monday, April 26 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Part two airs Tuesday, April 27 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

 Filmed in 21 countries and featuring extensive personal video and local footage, this documentary special from award-winning filmmaker James Bluemel (Exodus, Exodus: The Journey Continues, Once Upon a Time in Iraq) traces the pandemic’s path around the globe through the stories of people experiencing it, showing how responses to the disease that has now killed more than 3 million people have differed across culture, race, faith, and privilege.