REBEL BLOOD is a snapshot of the world's reaction to the First Wave of COVID-19. It was the first time in recorded human history that humanity faced a common enemy, and we began filming with the belief that the tragedy of COVID-19 might inspire humanity to think of itself as one world with one future.
We recorded our first footage on January 24th, 2020, and we concentrated on filming in China, Taiwan, India, Pakistan, Israel, and Iran. Seeing the response to COVID-19 in this set of countries with such "complex" politics would surely show that global health was more important than outdated 20th century politics?
We expanded our filming to meet the antibody researchers at The Rockefeller University in New York City who were pulled away from HIV research to focus on COVID-19, the head of the world's largest COVID-19 clinical trials at Oxford University in the UK, and the selfless doctors volunteering with patients in the slums of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Eventually we recorded footage from 36 countries around the world. Even as we saw the global science community come together and risk their lives and careers to help save us from ourselves, we also saw that curing COVID-19 will not change what was already wrong with the world.
We hope that capturing a snapshot of the world in this moment of crisis, will in some small way influence how we react in our next moment of crisis.