On January 20, 2020, both the United States and South Korea discovered their first cases of COVID-19. However, 9 months later, the novel Coronavirus has claimed the lives of nearly 200,000 Americans and caused staggering economic damage, while in South Korea there were no significant lockdowns, and in an urbanized population of 51 million, only 344 lives have been lost. Where did we go wrong? As the presidential election approaches, Americans become increasingly furious at the lack of clear leadership, endemic political corruption, and left to wonder how did the richest and most powerful country in the world manage to fail so thoroughly in its response to a global pandemic?
Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, directed by Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger, interrogates this question and its devastating implications in Totally Under Control. With condemnatory testimonies from public health officials and harsh investigative reporting, Gibney reveals a system-wide collapse caused by a deep neglect of the presidential leadership.
It will be a generation before we know the full extent of the damage this pandemic has caused, but Totally Under Control will stand as the final account of the Trump administration̵