The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unimaginable grief and suffering across the world, but India has been particularly hard-hit. The latest wave of infections which began in Spring 2021 decimated entire families, taking the lives of nearly 500,000 people and leaving an estimated 100,000 children orphaned.
This tragedy has been documented in the powerful film Orphans of Covid, a deeply moving documentary about how these young victims were left behind and how some communities have come together to support them. Through interviews with victims’ relatives, social workers and activists, as well as gripping footage of life on the ground during these darkest days, the film gives us a glimpse into the heartache that has befallen so many.
The film also shines a spotlight on inspiring tales of kindness and resilience in the face of such immense tragedy. We are shown how volunteers have formed networks to provide food aid and support for those who have lost their parents or guardians to Covid-19. We are also introduced to brave individuals who have stepped up to take in orphans despite having limited means themselves.
Orphans of Covid is a must watch for anyone wanting to gain an insight into how this pandemic has affected India’s most vulnerable people. By reminding us all of our shared humanity it shows us that even in times of despair there can still be moments of hope and joy if we reach out with compassion to those around us.