Composed entirely of videos uploaded to social media in 2020, VIRAL tells the story of a new generation, coming of age during a global pandemic. Seven YouTubers in their early 20’s all have big plans for 2020, but as the year unfolds the world around them starts to change dramatically: news of a new virus emerges, Black Lives Matter protests take to the streets, the US elects a new president, and an economic crisis is looming on the horizon. As the YouTubers try to find their way in this increasingly unforeseeable future, they turn to social media to communicate and express themselves, while documenting everything from long distance relationships, to unemployment and financial hardships, to surprising political awakenings.

Director: Udi Nir, Sagi Bornstein

Producer: Udi Nir, Sagi Bornstein, Christian Beetz, Georg Tschurtschenthaler

Co Producer: Christian Beetz / Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion


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Production Company: Udivsagi Production
Duration: 87 min.
Other Duration: 3x30
Date of Release: May 2021
Country of Production: Israel, Germany

Shooting Format: HD
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Unavailable Territories: Israel, Germany, France

Festivals & Awards

  • HotDocs 2021
    Special Presentation

  • DocAviv 2021
    Israeli Competition

Involved Broadcasters

Channel 8, Israel, ARTE, DR, SVT, ZDF

Involved Institutions and Other Financiers

The New Fund for Cinema and TV, Medianboard Berlin Brandenburg

World Sales



Children & Youth, Creative Documentary, Current Affairs, Human Interest / Social Issues, Newest Arrivals, Science / Technology, Series, Social Issues, Women Stories