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“The First Wave” Release Date Announced

Disney has confirmed that “The First Wave” will be coming to Disney+ in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Sunday, December 5, 2021. The National Geographic documentary will also be released on Hulu on the same day.

With exclusive access inside one of New York’s hardest hit hospital systems during the terrifying first four months of the pandemic, Oscar®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning director Matthew Heineman’s “The First Wave” spotlights the everyday heroes at the epicenter of COVID-19 as they come together to fight one of the greatest threats the world has ever encountered.

Leaving a devastating trail of death and despair, this once-in-a-century pandemic changed the very fabric of our daily lives and exposed long-standing inequities in our society. Employing his signature approach of character-driven cinema vérité, Heineman embeds with a group of doctors, nurses and patients on the frontlines as they all desperately try to navigate the crisis. With each distinct storyline serving as a microcosm through which we can view the emotional and societal impacts of the pandemic, “The First Wave” is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

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