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“Totally under control”: The documentary and comic on the Trump administration’s disastrous response to COVID-19

Promo poster for the documentary “Totally Under Control”: “The truth will make you sick”

Totally Under Control is the name of two recent works:

  • A new documentary film that was released yesterday, and
  • a print comic and motion comic.

While they were created by completely unrelated teams, both are about the Trump administration’s coronavirus response, and both take their name from a statement by Donald Trump made on January 22, in which he downplayed the novel coronavirus:

“We have it totally under control.”

The Totally Under Control documentary film

I’m watching the Totally Under Control documentary as I write this post, and I’ll write more later. In the meantime, here’s some information and links.

Here’s the trailer for the documentary:

The film is currently available on Amazon Prime and Apple TV.

Here’s a review of the documentary by Breakfast All Day:

And here’s an interview with the documentary’s directors, Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan, and Suzanne Hillinger with DP/30, David Poland’s YouTube channel where he interviews movie-makers:

The latest episode of the Daily Beast’s podcast, The New Abnormal, features an interview with director Alex Gibney about the film, how he made it, and what he learned in the process.

You can get it via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and other sources.

The Totally Under Control comic

Insider posted the comic on September 14th. You can read it online…

Comic panel: Donald Trump speaking at a podium in Davos — “We have it totally under contro;. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

…or you can watch it in motion comic form below:

One reply on ““Totally under control”: The documentary and comic on the Trump administration’s disastrous response to COVID-19”

[…] It’s a two-part, four-hour watch, but it’s a good (and gripping!) one: Agents of Chaos, the HBO documentary about Russian interference in U.S. elections. It’s directed by Alex Gibney, the same director who made Totally Under Control, the documentary about the Trump administration’s early, disastrous non-response to COVID-19 (and which I also wrote about a couple of days ago). […]

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