The World Beyond Silence

Spring 2020. Suddenly the world stands still. On every continent, people find themselves in a lockdown. The world as we know it is has suddenly changed. What will come next is uncertain.

Filmed over a year in twelve different locations, from the Amazon to Kuala Lumpa, Nairobi to New York, this film profiles the year when everything changed. Stories of hope and despair, empathy and ignorance, resilience and a feeling that everyone has had to face: the sense of our own mortality. Twelve intimate portraits from twelve places in a fragile world.

The residents of an indigenous village in the Amazon seal themselves and construct a building for the infected. A mother sees her baby taking its first steps and longs for her family. A married couple, on the brink of separating, are forced to isolate together. A homeless pizza delivery man tries to find a place to live while navigating covid controls. A young woman returns to the world of her ultra-orthodox childhood. A nurse buries an old woman in a foreign country.

Twelve stories about the resilience of humanity in a world beyond silence.


  • Year: 2021
  • Duration: 119 & 52 mins
  • Production: Sunday Filmproduction
  • Director: Manuel Fenn
  • Available Versions: ENG, GER
  • Country of production: Germany


  • DOKfest München 2021 (Germany), Human Rights Documentary Film Days 2021 (Turkey)

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