Second-Hand Normalities
Quarantine (8/12)

Second-Hand Normalities

A visual document of the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain told through experiences of frontline health care workers.

Second-hand Normalities is an animated short film and podcast that recounts the first days of the coronavirus outbreak in Bilbao, Spain through the eyes of a nurse and doctor working in hospitals on the frontlines. Harrowing and globally relevant, the main characters lay bare the fears, isolation and despair they experienced while treating the initial wave of COVID-19 patients with substandard protective equipment and little preparation. This project is an intimate and timely look into the physical, emotional and psychosocial traumas that the COVID-19 pandemic inflicted on emergency medical personnel in one of the hardest hit regions of the world.

Full Podcast (English version, 27m20s)

About the director

German Andino is an award-winning Honduran journalist, graphic artist and filmmaker who was awarded the prestigious Gabriel Garcia Marquez prize for Ibero-American journalism in 2017 for “The Habit of Silence,” an exposé on gang life in Central America. His articles and illustrations have been featured in El Pais and Revista 5W. He has documented Doctors Without Borders missions across Latin America and is currently an artist-in-residence at Arts Everywhere. He lives in Bilbao.

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