As Sydney Hall participates in an experimental coronavirus vaccine trial in hopes of protecting her beloved New Orleans community, she and her loved ones explore the fraught relationship between African Americans and the medical industry, confronting the history of medical abuse and experimentation on Black bodies.


On January 20th, 2020, the first COVID-19 case was diagnosed in the United States; today those numbers have ballooned with millions infected and hundreds of thousands dead. PANDEMIC19 follows three brave doctors working to save lives during the first wave of the outbreak. Using intimate video diaries, the film encapsulates the historic times in which we live.

COVID-19 Stories

Since March 2020, COVID-19 has shaken the globe. 

Beginning early last year, hundreds of thousands of Americans were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus; now, millions have received doses of COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the country.

As we continue toward healing and a new normal, the memories of all those lost are still with us. The road toward recovery is, in part, about remembering the struggles we overcame and appreciating the progress we have yet to make. WORLD Channel’s stories of loss, strength and resilience alike remind us of how unity helps us move forward after periods of instability.

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