VIRAL is neither a collection of video diaries nor a story about exhausted doctors and tragic deaths during the Corona crisis. It is a character-driven, bitter-sweet account of the struggle, ingenuity, perseverance, and creativity in the face of the unexpected. The film follows the lives of 6 protagonists throughout the period of one year, covering the time before, during, and after the height of the outbreak. As our protagonists encounter conflicts and obstacles and find creative ways to overcome them we follow them through 12 months of ups and downs and unexpected turns.
Today we know that the Corona Virus will accompany us for months and possibly years. VIRAL uses YouTube as a gigantic archive of this ongoing development and – through the unfiltered and authentic material of our protagonists – tells how Corona inscribes itself into our lives and changes them. The dramaturgical condensation of individual stories into a grand narrative is at the heart of this project.