Local doc series depicts life during pandemic

To The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—In 2020 the world changed suddenly. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spread quickly around the globe. Governments and public health asked businesses to shut down, for schools and churches to close, and for people to stay home, if possible. In times of great uncertainty, filmmaker Graeme Bachiu of Cayuga saw the resilience of the people in his community and felt he wanted to preserve the stories of how individuals, families, frontline workers, and even those quarantined on a cruise ship adapted, created, and displayed the strength of human nature during these momentous months.

The resulting series, Making Things Count: Pandemic Postcards, relies on in-the-moment storytelling from the very people it portrays, citizens of Haldimand and Norfolk. The three-part series, airing in June on Bell’s Fibe TV1 streaming service, has been created from a series of self-shot interviews and footage by Bachiu and his team, working together remotely. It also features music from local artists James Favron, Whitney Pea, and the Cottonwood Brass.

“Around the second week of the pandemic arriving in Ontario I started hearing about the adjustments we were all making collectively, inventive ways small businesses are adapting, how people began to pull together to fill the gaps where there was a need in the community,” said Bachiu. “And I started wondering how I would do that, too. So I made a film.”

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