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On December 1, 2019, the first patient with Covid-19 symptoms was identified in Wuhan. Filmed entirely by ordinary citizens living in Wuhan, CORONATION chronicles the state’s control of citizens’ lives and access to information during an unprecedented health crisis that spilled into the rest of the world in 2020. It questions whether humanity, transparency, and trust were sacrificed in order to maintain the Chinese state’s image of omnipotence.

Produced and directly remotely by Ai Weiwei in Europe.