An intimate look at the man who became known to all in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fauci is a revealing documentary juxtaposing Dr. Anthony Fauci’s role in the recent COVID-19 response with the AIDS crisis in America, highlighting the unflinching determination of one of the nation’s leading scientists while giving viewers a peek behind the personal curtain.
Fauci offered a look into the man who has led the United States through every epidemic over the past 40 years. Given today’s political climate, the documentary is sure to be polarizing and divisive, a sad reality of the state of public discourse. What cannot be denied is that Dr. Anthony Fauci has served under seven U.S. Presidents as the top infectious disease specialist in the nation (if not the world) with vigor, dedication, and integrity. The film takes an interesting approach to exploring Dr. Fauci’s world since COVID-19 burst onto the scene, exploring his involvement with the governmental response to the AIDS crisis back in the 1980s/early 90s. What viewers quickly see is that he was targeted back then through hate derived from belief that he was not doing enough, or even failing to address the ongoing epidemic. Not unlike today, Dr. Fauci took a unique approach to engage the public, share the science and facts, and bare all for all to see. The film ultimately makes the case for the importance of transparency and reliance on fact, not feeling.
The filmmakers bring in everyone from former colleagues to journalists, even former President George W. Bush, under whom Dr. Fauci led an initiative to distribute life-saving HIV treatments to African nations, to paint a well-rounded portrait of the Dr. Fauci. Most impactful, in my opinion, is the inclusion fo former foes to Dr. Fauci, those leading the public protests and movement around the AIDS crisis. Their involvement ultimately represents the importance of continued dialogue in order to address differences, to learn from one another, and to move forward united to tackle our problems, evidenced by the impact these warriors had on testing and treatment moving forward.
While we get a limited glimpse of Dr. Fauci’s personal life, the main focus is really on the work he has devoted his life to. At 80 years old, the man is truly a gift to the world; without him, we would not have made the progress we have in fighting the onslaught of diseases that threaten the world. Honestly, I would take a bullet for the man.
Fauci streams on Disney+ starting Wednesday.
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