In April 2020, a month into quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses, stores, restaurants, and schools were closing. Students abruptly left their classrooms and were forced into distance learning programs isolated from their teachers, friends, and classmates.
The film Cocoon documents the early months of the pandemic told through the perspective of students, ages 4 to 17, living in their homes in Portland, Oregon. The film explores students' varying points of view about the pandemic on issues including job loss, health concerns, and school changes. As students express their fears and insecurities, they also share what they have come to appreciate and what they miss the most—their friends and human connection.