‘There is no plan’: ‘Totally under control’ explores Trump administration’s COVID-19 failure – National


As the situation in the United States soars amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the country plunges headlong into a critical election, the time has come for a documentary like Totally under control.It acts both as an introduction to what happened with the Trump administration’s handling of the novel coronavirus in the United States, and as a terrifying foreshadowing of what will happen if things go unchecked.

Packed to the gills with information, co-directors Alex Gibney (Go clear), Suzanne Hillinger and Ophelia Harutyunyan present a dense revelation of the failures and communication problems behind the scenes of some of America’s most sacred institutions.

Movie trailer: totally under control

Movie trailer: totally under control

While some news may seem old to those of us familiar with current politics – and with our news cycle at the speed of light, things get stale within minutes – Totally under control is a deep dive, and we can hear directly from those involved, witnessing the apparent collapse in US federal decision-making.

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Shot in secret over the past five months, the three directors interviewed scientists, medical professionals, volunteers and U.S. government officials – some who were stake their careers to speak out – about the dire state of the country facing more than 210,000 deaths of its citizens and an infected president. (Trump’s infection was not part of the film, as it happened just one day after production of the film ended.)

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One of the most shocking facts clearly displayed in the film is the number of people in government organizations or in medically important positions who have been made redundant and / or displaced and / or silenced over the past year, most of whom have expressed disagreement or disagreement with the Trump administration’s agenda.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the very institutions that must stand firm in the face of calamities, are both poorly represented in Totally under control, portrayed as Donald Trump’s political puppets seemingly abandoning science.

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“The future could be bright, we know a lot more about (COVID-19),” Gibney told Global News. “The big problem now is that there is no plan. There is no coordinated federal plan to deal with it properly. There’s just a deliberate lack of a plan, so the future really depends on what happens on November 11. ”

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“With an extraordinary team of collaborators, I was compelled to mount this production when I saw the extent of the Trump administration’s incompetence and political corruption in the face of a global pandemic,” Gibney said at the time. that he and his colleagues were starting to make the film.

“Now we know that on February 7, Trump knew that COVID was, in his own words, ‘a deadly virus’. But instead of working to protect the American people by containing the virus, the current administration was willfully blind to the growing contagion (“It’s like a miracle; it will go away,” Trump said) in the hope that voters would not notice any problems until after the 2020 election. ”

Global News sat down for an exclusive interview with Gibney, Hillinger and Harutyunyan about the film, how the Trump administration has let down the American people and what they see happening in the United States during the next few months.

(You can watch the interview, above.)

“Totally Under Control” is now available to stream on all digital platforms and on demand in Canada.

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