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An evening of bearing witness to and learning from frontline workers’ experiences, as told in their own voices.

“Beautiful and emotional but honest and pure”

“Powerful, cathartic and necessary”

On the second anniversary of the UK’s first lockdown, you are invited to a private screening of StoryLab’s ground-breaking film From the Frontline (2021, 48 min). The film was created with frontline healthcare workers in the US & UK in collaboration with Dr Topun Austin, BAFTA-award winner Shreepali Patel, Marques Hardin, and Meghan Horvath, in the fall of 2020. From the Frontline tells the story of how these healthcare workers harnessed the power of their creative voices to make sense of their world during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, 23 March , 2022 5-7pm

Soho Screening Rooms, London W1F 8DY

  • Film Screening at 5pm (Doors open at 4.30pm)
  • Screening followed by Q&A moderated by Shreepali Patel and Dr Topun Austin
  • Q&A followed by drinks

“I think for the public it can give them insight into the human tragedy that unfolded. We have been sanitised away from the grim reality and suffering, and this attempts to provide a glimpse of what it was like. Hopefully for healthcare professionals who were on the frontline it provides some shared experience which will be helpful.” – Dr Topun Austin

This screening is a chance to bear witness to and learn from frontline workers’ experiences, as told in their own voices. It is also an opportunity for dialogue across sectors around the persistent issues and inequalities laid bare by the pandemic. As medical professionals worldwide cope with the ongoing pandemic, the stories told in this film are an example of how we might process and respond to the global, collective crises we continue to face – and can be a powerful tool for advocating and campaigning for healthcare workers worldwide.

“This has touched me in so many ways – this story has to be told and retold – people need to watch and listen and think and act .”

Date and time

Wed, 23 March 2022

17:00 – 19:00 GMT


The Soho Screening Rooms

14 D’Arblay Street



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