From National Geographic Documentary Films comes FAUCI, an intimate portrait of the world-renowned infectious disease specialist and ultimate public servant. A glimpse Dr. Anthony Fauci who has led the U.S. fight against every epidemic the country has faced from AIDS to SARS to Ebola, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
An immunologist who has advised every President since Ronald Reagan, Dr. Anthony Fauci has, for decades, been America's most visible public health expert. John Hoffman and Janet Tobias' brisk, surprisingly emotional and on- the-spot biography (started, by the way, before COVID-19), follows Fauci's career, including the Jesuit training that deeply instilled a commitment to serving his fellow humans. FAUCI's most moving moments come during a showdown: AIDS activists, enraged at Fauci's handling of the 1980s pandemic, accuse him of genocide. Rather than counter-attack, Fauci listens, acknowledges their critiques and makes concrete plans to incorporate patient advocacy. Soon after, he launches an HIV initiative that likely saved millions of lives in Africa. Tobias and Hoffman show how, during our own pandemic, as attacks on his character rain down on him, Fauci has remained steady and focused. The good doctor takes the high road—there's work to be done. – Telluride Film Festival