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Totally Under Control

Directed by: Alex Gibney
Runtime: 2hr 3min Year: 2020
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Directed by: Alex Gibney
Runtime: 2hr 3min Year: 2020
Country: United States
Last Screened: Sun 1st Nov 2020

From Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, this brand new documentary is a searing indictment of Donald Trump's failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secretly filmed over five months, with damning testimony from a series of public health officials and whistle blowers, Gibney exposes a catalogue of incompetence from the earliest days of the pandemic.

The fascinating range of interviews telling all to Gibney include Max Kennedy Jr, grandson of Bobby. He was one of a group of 20-something volunteers recruited by Jared Kushner to source PPE, with no contacts, training or authority to actually buy anything, in an omnishambles typical of the federal response.

Whilst the US floundered in setting up a functioning testing system, South Korea, which had its first positive patient the same day, was forensic in its track and tracing. It effectively shut down the virus, leading to a vast disparity in deaths between the two countries. In the current climate, where the virus continues its deadly march, this is an important look at the vital role of leadership in public health – and the terrible consequences which result from a dereliction of duty.