[OPINION | Video] In stillness: Voices from a COVID world
In stillness: Voices from a COVID world is a short film by writer Paolo Mangahas, which features phone voice recordings of people sharing their thoughts on a locked-down world. This 7-minute video gives an honest glimpse into everyone's struggles, vulnerabilities, and hopes during these challenging times.
Paolo currently works and lives in Singapore, where a "circuit breaker" – safety measures to break the chain of COVID-19 transmissions in the community – has been implemented since April 3 (it is expected to be lifted in a phased approach starting June 2). Like the rest of the world, Singapore residents have been asked to stay at home and to only go out for essential activities, which include outdoor exercise. Paolo shot this film entirely using his iPhone during his daily run. (READ: Coronavirus in Singapore: 'Wala silang puso para sa foreign worker')
This creative project is an offshoot of his short musings on how we all need to stay connected and check on each other’s mental health. Family and friends may be coping in different ways during the lockdown, but we all share the same insights and faith in a better world, as the film shows. – Rappler.com
Paolo Mangahas is a Filipino writer who has published numerous pieces on food, travel, lifestyle, fashion, and sustainable development. He is a communications specialist by profession and currently resides in Singapore. You can follow him on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.