Spanish-Language Version of FRONTLINE’s “Love, Life & the Virus” to air on Univision
Hospital workers help COVID-19 patient and mother Zully to take her first steps after being removed from a ventilator at a Stamford Hospital ICU on April 24, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. (John Moore/Getty Images)
Airing Sun., Aug. 16, 2020 at 7/6c on Univision’s Aquí y Ahora
Streaming at pbs.org/frontline & in the PBS Video App, and on YouTube the following week.
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On Tues, Aug. 11, FRONTLINE aired Love, Life & the Virus, chronicling a 30-year-old mother named Zully’s fight to survive COVID and see her newborn baby, after giving birth on a ventilator and spending nearly three weeks in a coma — as her husband, Marvin, and older son, Junior, battled the virus as well.
Now, in collaboration with Univision, a Spanish-language version of Love, Life & the Virus will air on the acclaimed newsmagazine program Aquí y Ahora on Sun., Aug. 16 at 7/6c. A Spanish-language version will also be available to stream on pbs.org/frontline, the PBS Video App and YouTube the following week.
From director Oscar Guerra, Love, Life & the Virus tells the story of how, in the Guatemalan immigrant family’s moment of crisis, their community in Stamford, CT, stepped in to help. Just before giving birth and being put into a coma, and with nowhere else to turn, Zully reached out to her older son’s ESL teacher, Luciana Lira — an immigrant herself — who would ultimately take in the newborn while the family recovered.
“As a director, I feel very fortunate to have a documentary airing on prestigious programs like FRONTLINE and Aquí y Ahora. Having this story available in both English and Spanish not only opens doors, but also connects audiences at a time where we all need to be more united than ever,” says director Oscar Guerra.
The film follows the struggle as Zully recovers, is released from the hospital, and as she, Marvin and Junior await the negative COVID tests that will mean it’s safe for Neysel to come home to them. With extraordinary access to the medical professionals who cared for Zully and her baby, and those around her throughout it all, the film is a heartwrenching and heartwarming look at one family’s quest to be reunited — and the community members who helped make it possible.
“Maybe if I would have been in Guatemala,” Zully says, “it is possible that I may not have gotten better and I wouldn’t be telling this story.”
Watch a Spanish-language version of Love, Life & the Virus on Univision’s acclaimed newsmagazine program Aquí y Ahora on Sun., Aug. 16 at 7/6c. A Spanish-language version will also be available to stream on pbs.org/frontline, the PBS Video App and YouTube the following week. An English-language version of the documentary is also available to stream on pbs.org/frontline, the PBS Video App and YouTube.
Love, Life & the Virus is a FRONTLINE Production with Five O’Clock Films in association with Guerra Productions. The writer, producer and director is Oscar Guerra. The senior producer is Frank Koughan. The executive producer is Raney Aronson-Rath.
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