M-Net readies documentary focused on frontline healthcare workers, Zero to Zero

M-Net has announced the imminent premiere of a new documentary, Zero to Zero, which will highlight the experience of frontline healthcare workers during the pandemic.

M-Net took to Twitter on Monday, 6 September 2021, to announce its upcoming documentary, Zero to Zero. The documentary is set to focus on the realities of South African frontline healthcare workers during the start of the pandemic. Considering that the experience of frontline healthcare workers has never been documented in this manner, the documentary will provide a never-been-seen-before inside look at how these essential workers dealt with the pandemic.

According to the supporting statement shared on the day, “Filmed over 15 months, the gripping one-hour doc offers an unfiltered look at what it’s like to be a healthcare worker in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic. It follows the staff of Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital (ZAH), a 100-year-old, private, non-profit hospital in Muckleneuk, Pretoria, from the moment they admit their first COVID-19 patient in June 2020.”

Zero to Zero was conceptualised and shot by Prof Leonie Scholtz. Scholtz co-directed the documentary with fellow filmmakers, Christa Lategan and Shem Compion. Speaking about the process, Scholtz was quoted as saying, “When the pandemic started, I immediately realised that this was one catastrophic event where no photographers were allowed. Being a photographer myself, and also having access to the inner sanctum of the frontline, I felt obliged to document it.”

The channel further stated, “This film will inspire viewers to remember the strength of the human spirit, but filmmakers and the healthcare workers also hope to drive home another key message: Protect yourself and the ones you love by wearing your mask, washing your hands, keeping a safe distance, and getting vaccinated.”

Zero to Zero is set to premiere on Monday, 4 October 2021, on M-Net, DStv channel 101, at 20:30.

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