Fauci – Documentary [2021]

Fauci - Documentary - 2021

Fauci isn’t the cure for the common biographical documentary, but it offers an entertaining, yet simple overview of a life largely spent in public service.

If you’ve been living under a rock since January 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci is the U.S. infectious disease specialist who is leading the fight against COVID-19. And for the uncultured people like myself, you’ll be surprised to know that he also led the U.S. fight against every epidemic U.S. has faced from AIDS to SARS and Ebola.

As far as I’m concerned, the documentary offered me a glimpse behind the curtain of the AIDS fight. But for obvious reasons, the documentary treads extremely lightly when it comes to the tumultuous year and a half of the COVID-19 fight under President Trump.

What’s different about this, at least for me, is that the documentary raises itself from being a mere biography by smartly juxtaposing Fauci’s role in the national AIDS and COVID responses in parallel rather than chronologically. However, this juxtaposing left me un-impressed with the storytelling, mainly due to the shallow treatment for a lot of questions and conflicts raised. From the public perception to dealing with AIDS, to the obvious conflict with President Trump, the film felt unsatisfactory.

FAUCI – Documentary – Official Trailer – Disney+
Should you watch it?

The documentary film is a decent biographical about someone who has become both a rock star and a lightning rod in the American politics. However, it is sometimes a bit too conventional and harmless. The film plays it safe without asking tough or deep questions.

Where can I watch it?

National Geographic’s documentary Fauci is now streaming on Disney+.