How Collateral Covid was born

At the beginning of March, a lot of people of Bergamo began to get sick: one by one, more or less seriously. A period of uncertainties and fears began, someone ended up in hospital, someone recovered quickly, and someone, unfortunately, did not make it.
The awareness of being in a dramatic and devastating historical period materialized in us very soon. It was necessary to document what was happening, for us and for posterity.
The idea of creating a photographic and video archive to donate to the organizations and associations involved in the front line was born. We started following the Italian Red Cross - Committee of Bergamo, Bergamo Ovest Civil Protection, and BergamoXBergamo. Every day we found ourselves side by side with those who were working for others, for the community, to face this pandemic helping those in need.

Their gestures and their glances were so deep, full of meaning and not at all obvious, that we developed the idea that everyone should know these people, their faces, their experience.
So we decided that documenting was not enough: we had to testify. We had to report the new face of the city: empty streets, closed stores, flags of encouragement at every window, silence and sirens.
This is how the nonprofit Collateral Covid project was born, composed of a 90-minute documentary and a dozen 10-minute "Pills."

The director's choice is to show Bergamo and its citizens in the documentary, in all their facets, their courage and their pride.
21 people have been interviewed and, although they are very different from each other, they seem to speak with one voice.
The interviewees, as time goes by, open up more and more, discovering deeper and deeper sides of their experience. They get to bare their souls, being moved and pulling at people's heartstrings.

The video pills, on the other hand, are created to explore themes closely linked to our territory, including: Bergamo city of the Alpini, Micheli tells Donizetti, The development of critical thinking and fakenews - BergamoScienza, Atalanta: the mirror of the city, The psychology of a pandemic, Go Green, The irony and the necessary lightness.

The final result is the story of a broken, wounded Bergamo, which tells its story with pride and pain. The stories of people from Bergamo alternate with the images of those days in an explicit and emotionally charged narration.

5 April 2020


Lorenzo Urbani begins the reportage at the Italian Red Cross – Committee of Bergamo – following the operators on the front line.

Inizio Reportage

7 April 2020


Matilde Da Re and Umberto Da Re document Civil Protection - Bergamo Ovest – following the operators on the front line.

3 May 2020


Rocco Bergamelli gives his contribution to the project by documenting the silence of the city of Bergamo in the months of the lockdown, wandering through the empty streets.

10 May 2020


Umberto involves Nicolò De Nunzio to create a format that makes the photographs come alive.
The documentary's direction is entrusted to Nicolò and the idea of the interviews is born.
Andrea Facheris is also involved as sound engineer.

12 May 2020


Adelina Shahwan, Marina Maestroni and Manuel Caldarese join the group.
They meet and the pre-production phase begins: elaboration of the narrative strand of the film, research of interviewees and choice of questions to ask.

1 June 2020


The shooting of the interviews begins.

28 June 2020


The Requiem takes place in Bergamo, in front of the Monumental Cemetery, with the presence of President Mattarella. The city wanted to share a secular ritual of collective suffrage in honor of all the victims.

15 July 2020


The shooting of the interviews ends.

16 July 2020


Adelina begins to lay out all the clips of the interviews in the timeline, identifying the chosen topics.

6 August 2020


Nicolò and Adelina continue with the editing. In this phase the structure of the whole documentary is created: the topics begin to interconnect and take shape.

15 October 2020


The editing of the interviews ends and the revision and reduction of the film begins: from 3 hours to 1 hour and a half.

16 October 2020


The photo and video reportage contributions shot during the lockdown are selected. The images are used to reinforce the interviewees' stories.



- Alessandro Scrignoli's voice, that will be present in the documentary, is recorded.
- Umberto begins the Color Correction and Grading phase of the film. It will be a fundamental narrative aspect.
- Andrea Facheris works on the interviewees' voices making them harmonious.

11 November 2020


Marta Ferri begins the English subtitling for the distribution in foreign countries.

19 November 20


The promotion begins with the opening of social channels and the creation of the website thanks to the contribution of Francesca Provenza.

1 December 2020


The editing of the documentary is over. The distribution phase and the creation of the video pills begins.