Project Description

When we think of France, images of Paris come to our mind: the Eiffel tower, the Champs Elysées, walking carefree, basking in on the culture and the atmosphere. How does this image hold up for international students in the middle of a global pandemic? How does it hold up for other French cities?

In this documentary, we followed the paths between the homes and workplaces of different people as they shared their experiences in public spaces before, during, and after the COVID-19 lockdown in Paris and Orléans. Two cities, two landscapes, one and a half hours away by train.

This film was a finalist of the “VISIONI URBANE. Beyond the Ideal City” Film Festival in Bologna, Italy and part of the Virtual Walks Project 2020 by Citymakers.


Paris/Orléans, France


  • Journal of Public Space (Italy)
  • Citymakers | 城市创制 | Stadtmacher (Germany, China)
  • Université d’Orléans (France)
  • This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 665850.