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I’ll never forget the moment I saw the video of Italian trumpeter Alberto Anguzza performing “Imagine” on his balcony. It was March 2020. That music was a glimpse of hope and a dose of positivity amid all the terrible news we were receiving in the early days of the pandemic. When filmmaker Ivan Cash saw this performance, he knew he wanted to evoke exactly the same emotions in his short documentary A Social Distance, which was codirected by Jacob Jonas.

The film gives us a glimpse into the quarantine experiences of ordinary people from more than 30 countries who generously submitted their own videos. Musicians of various nationalities also contributed to the realization of this short. In fact, they submitted recordings of themselves following the sheet music written by Steve Hackman, the film’s composer, who then put together the various performances to create the final score. The result is striking.

Watch the short documentary now!

A Social Distance – Short Documentary

The self-submitted videos capture people’s daily lives and intimate moments during the lockdowns. They introduce themselves, dance, play music, and tell us about their fears and hopes for the future. 

A Social Distance is a truly collaborative work. There’s something unifying and touching about the fact that people, despite the distance, were eager to collaborate and create something unique and inspiring, reminding us that, as the film’s tagline says, “Even in isolation, we’re united by our humanity.” 

The participants in this project used various adjectives to describe how they felt during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Have a look at the infographic and learn some new words.

Adjectives to describe feelings

An infographic to learn adjectives to describe feelings based on the short documentary A Social Distance.

Who’s Behind These Blog Posts?

Hi. My name is Alexandra Kapinya. I teach English with films simply because I think it’s more effective, creative, and enjoyable than using traditional textbooks. If you need English for your job or studies and you like independent and artistic short films, sign up for my mailing list. I’ll send you film-inspired lessons with extra materials once or twice a month. I can’t wait to have you on board. If you’re one of my email subscribers, you can also download these vocabulary cards to practice the adjectives related to the film.

A series of vocabulary cards related to the film A Social Distance

Yellow cabs, bagels, illuminated skyscrapers, and falling leaves in Central Park. We associate so many things with New York. But the city is more than those things, and it’s not easy to capture the real essence of it. Somehow, though, director Andre Andreev managed to do that in his short film I Heart NY.

Two friends meet up for a pint of beer after work. That’s the story of Mid-Brow’s latest short film, Bad News. You might be thinking it’s not a big deal; these things happen every day. But what is not ordinary at all is that the two friends happen to be newsreaders who keep talking with an intonation and cadence typical of BBC correspondents.