• Empty streets in Dubai during lockdown

The Lockdown Trilogy

3 short documentaries made entirely from home

The world closed down in the beginning of 2020. Restrictions, lockdowns and other measures created images we never could imagine would become reality.

The world seemed to open up again slowly but this came with strict rules and regulations. Filmmakers and citizens captured many new and surreal situations.

The pandemic was everywhere in the second half of 2020. And the longer-term impact of the lockdowns on society was also becoming more clear every day.

The Project

Jeroen Stultiens - Filmmaker Lockdown trilogy

This project started as a way of keeping myself busy and creative during the strict lockdown period in spring (for two months we were not allowed to leave our house in Spain!). I gathered social media footage that people were posting and wanted to create something new with these clips, which resulted in a 10-minute poetic documentary about the global lockdowns. As the year progressed the situation and images became more surrealistic every day and they inspired me to create two sequels.

After downloading over 1000 clips, a selection of these ended up in the three short documentaries LOCKDOWN, UNLOCKED and LOCKED OUT.
The social media clips that I ended up using come from 58 countries an they tell short stories of global life around the Covid-19 pandemic. The images flow smoothly and I highly recommend you immerse yourself in the films and watch them with headphones on.

This year everyone has been focusing on the national, regional and (very) local statistics and challenges. And sometimes we lose sight of the unprecedented global similarities and impact the pandemic has had, still has and will have for a long time to come.
I hope this creative project will make you take a step back and see one of the strangest ‘annual reviews’ ever…


Jeroen Stultiens
A filmmaker in Spain

Documentary Stills

Empty metro station - Still image from LOCKDOWN
Selective seating for social distancing - still image from UNLOCKED
Empty streets during lockdown - Still image from LOCKDOWN
Covid-19 restrictions protest - Still image from LOCKED OUT
Desinfecting streets - Still image from UNLOCKED
Mask protest - Still image from LOCKED OUT

Documentary Credits

All clips were posted publicly on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok or Instagram.

Together the three documentaries feature footage that was recorded in

Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Egypt, England, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Maarten, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United States, Zimbabwe



Damian Poplawski, Van Gilde, Z Dronu/Crot Productions, KDKA,Georgy Gusev, Eric Bartolo, Helifilm/Klix, TNT, Ekrem Imamoğlu, Shamsul Ismail, Lyon Drone Service, Shantaj Bhutto, The Well creative productions, Gabriel2584, Prateek Raghuwanshi, Antoine Tissier, Filip Petronijevic, Telegraaf, Blake Rubenstein, Anthony Privitelli, Domagoj Pernar, aerial.ie, Kosovaliorg, Haytham Achkar, Edwin Winkels, Jean Laverdi, Patricia Kowsmann, Cédric Faiche, Tony Joychan, Dariusz Sobecki, DXBMediaoffice, Vakis Demetriou, Policia local de Almuñecar, City of London Police, Northumbria Police, Jules Hawkins, Gazzettino Vesuviano, Bomberos Almuñecar, Alex de Grazia, Paula Arana, Orlando Liñan, Feuerwehr Warendorf, Naya Kuu, Gaelle Legrand, Skipping Sikh, Sedbergh Sport, Missfit Motivation, President Museveni of Uganda, Nabusayi Wamboka, Jamal Heater, Muhammed Nsereko, Collins Oyoo, Benjamin Ashok, Yu Ma, KaapKreools Collective, Ger Walsh, Tūtahi, K. Groen, J. de Witte & T. Heusinkveld, St.Man, Aditya D’cruz, Bartho Boer, Kerensa Smith, Engr Mustapha, Clara Clarita, Thomas Bégon, Enrico Barberis Negra, Sanam, Shantyaei, Youkilledmisery, Melanie Cow, Yeshidon, Ana White Rihanna, Dan/The New Travel, Manny Explores, Brendon Henson/YOSA, Saddle Creek Orthodontics, Katelynn, St Mark Catholic School, St Paul Lutheran Church, Mies Wilbrink, Francisco Albornoz, Lycée Français de Alexandrie, Walkiria Marin, Natalie Gelman, Camryn Sturgill, Nicole Kasparian



7News Melbourne, Airang News, Al Jazeera, CBS, CGTN America, CNA Asia, County of Riverside, Downingstreet 10, NYGovCuomo, RTVE, TRT World, TV360 Nigeria, Agro Power Machinery Store, Angela Brown, Ayuntamiento de Almuñecar, BRT Rio, Covid19Fumigator, Hugo Brito, Humberto Vargas, La30deOctubre, Lourdes Mendoza, Municipal De Chilca – Cañete, Sunset BCN, Susana Gautreau, Total Insected EURL, Ajay Jagota, Alisha FalconsOnlyFly, Azazal 77 Demon, DansOiiTV, JJ Simkoputera, Karli Drinkwater, Mbalula Fikile, Mike Parry, Nandini Sharma, Small Talk / LilyMcBak, St.James Dublin, Thailand Insider, The Rock Adventure Cruises, USAmbKenya, Darvideo, Himanshu Rajput, Kevin Torres, Matty Conrad, MicaJavier, Namma Kovai, Roam with Rahul, Scott Finney, Tour Leader Venice, DFYDigital & Juan Delcan, Firsti UK, Georgia Department of Health, InThisTogetherOhio, Massachusetts Public Health, NCDC Nigeria, Boulevard des Airs, FourFour Magazine, Hyderabad Events, KNTV, Lim Yun Suk, Maria Orydzuk, Martin Lejeune, McCurdy Family, Simon Vigar, Tenz Magazine



TN23, Global News, TV47 Kenya, WELT Nachrichten, WION News, Arirang News, CBS This Morning, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, SABC News, Noticias Oaxaca NVI, Unitel Bolivia, G News Network, L’infirmier, Francis Melendez, Home Ground Coffee Roasters, Rights for residents, VYZR Technologies, Hille on Tour, Syed Valiulla Khadri, L’infirmier, Radio Savana, YaBoiPirate, Wilma van der Wende, Almuñécar Comunicación, Jamie Joseph, Anonyme Citoyen, France Bleu Saint-Étienne Loire, Joshua Chesire, Caviar Tweeteur31, LVZ Mask Force, Mrityunjay Singh, Faruk Firat, Hello Irlandia, Robin Monotti, Pumuki Barcelona, Daniel Vinuesa, Nina Montagne, Rogue Scholar, Sienna Santer, Yanited, Lexi Hamad, TV Habesha, Max Lee, Sumrah Jamal, Henry Rawlings, Malika Dudley, Chelsea Rebhun, The100guy