This Netflix series gives a real look at life in 2020

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Mike Colter in Social Distance.
Mike Colter in Social Distance.
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CRITIC RATING

5/5 Stars

WHAT IT'S ABOUT:

Filmed in isolation, this narrative anthology series features both dark and funny takes on how people strive to stay connected while staying apart. 

WHAT OUR CRITIC THOUGHT:

For most of this year, the world stayed connected through digital mediums on computers and cellphones as a virus drove entire nations, including South Africa, indoors in an effort to save lives.

Zoom chats, WhatsApp video calls, social media timelines - this was how we lived our lives for the better part of 2020. It's hard to imagine that you would want to relive that with Netflix's experimental anthology series Social Distance.

Produced, cast and filmed entirely remotely, its first season shares eight short stories from quarantine told entirely through the digital lens. It's going to hit close to home and for some, it might be too much of a stressful trigger to watch.

However, the sad and sometimes funny stories also offer a certain emotional catharsis that will make you cry all the tears you have possibly been hoarding during this difficult time. While very much skewed towards the American public with the inclusion of Black Lives Matter stories, there remains a universal humanity that allows us to grieve the loss of 2020 collectively.

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