The lies. The deceit. The conspiracies.
Shot in secret over the course of five months, Totally Under Control tracks the avoidable missteps and errors President Donald Trump and his administration made during the early months of 2020, as coronavirus cases exploded around the country.
Nearly eight million people have been diagnosed with the disease, including Trump himself; more than 214,000 Americans have died as a result.
The film features interviews with a number of doctors, experts, and government officials, including Rick Bright, the former director of Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority director turned whistleblower, who pushed back against Trump’s evangelizing of hydroxychloroquine as a “miracle” cure for coronavirus.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, directing with Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger, interrogates this question and its devastating implications in Totally Under Control. With damning testimony from public health officials and hard investigative reporting, Gibney exposes a system-wide collapse caused by a profound dereliction of Presidential leadership.
“One of the many realizations we had making this film is the news travels so fast, and there’s new information coming out all the time, and that can get really overwhelming,” Hillinger said. “I hope what we did with this film is condense it into a period where you can sit down and really understand the trajectory of things. And I hope that’s maybe a tool an audience can take with them as new decisions are made, and new information comes out over the next few months. And we can continue to try to not get lost in a lot of the misinformation, and know who to turn to trust for the truth.”
It will be a generation before we know the full extent of the damage wrought by this pandemic, but Totally Under Control will stand as the definitive account of the Trump administration’s incompetence, corruption and denial in the face of this global pandemic.
Look for Totally Under Control on Hulu this month. Or sign up to watch the film online and free of charge at www.popcornflix.esy.es.