Totally Under Control
Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and co-directors Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger offer an urgent and unsettling insight into the Trump administration’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis.
Having successfully highlighted the mistreatment of civilians by the US Army during the ‘War on Terror’ (‘Taxi to the Dark Side’), detailed the Catholic Church’s attempts to cover up the widespread abuse of children by priests in the US (‘Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God’), looked at the workings of an organisation that claims to be a religion (‘Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief’) and encapsulated what it is like to be in the crosshairs of the Putin regime (‘Citizen K’), Gibney is probably the last person the Trump administration want investigating their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. And they would be right. Working with Harutyunyan and Hillinger, this powerful, torn-from-the-headlines documentary details every misstep made by a government that appears barely suited to the role of ensuring its citizen’s safety.