ALONE/TOGETHER has documented for future generations the profound damage caused by COVID-19, as well as how societies around the world have coped with the pandemic. The title of the film, meanwhile, stresses positively that we are together as humans even when we're alone or under enforced isolation as individuals. One moment in the film that stood out in particular was when a pediatrician spoke about how the pandemic was affecting her patients’ social and mental development.
Since our group encourages people to use their perhaps endangered mother tongues to discuss culture and art, we rejoiced in the multilingual nature of the film, and especially in Ms. Pan's presenting it to us in her native Taiwanese (Tâigí). We strongly recommend ALONE/TOGETHER and the message put forth by Pan and her collaborators.
--World Taiwanese Culture Forum
Alone/Together is a uniquely participatory documentary featuring artists, travelers, teachers, children, parents, and essential workers around the world, struggling and persevering through a deadly pandemic. Told through the eyes and perspective of a chorus of voices, the short documentary connects global citizens in eleven different countries as they begin responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our participants are from the US, the UK, Italy, Russia, Taiwan, Japan, China, Malaysia, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
Why This Film Matters
People all around the world have been suffering from COVID-19. Many of us want to navigate through the darkness and find comfort and inspiration in other people’s experiences. ALONE/TOGETHER is a collage of diverse experiences. While the pandemic has put all of our in-person social lives on hold, we hope that as the movie’s name suggests, it can be just one link away, to bringing everyone “together” again.