WATCH | National Geographic announces documentary about Dr. Anthony Fauci

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Dr. Anthony Fauci during an interview at the NIH in Bethesda, MD. (National Geographic/Visko Hatfield)
Dr. Anthony Fauci during an interview at the NIH in Bethesda, MD. (National Geographic/Visko Hatfield)
  • National Geographic is working on documentary about infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. 
  • Dr. Fauci has been dubbed "America’s Doctor" and has become one of the most well-known faces amid the pandemic. 
  • The film will include interviews with Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Gates, as well as Bono. 

National Geographic Documentary Films on Wednesday announced their latest feature documentary that will focus on America’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. 

With exclusive access, the film - simply titled FAUCI - will deliver a rare glimpse into the long-standing professional career and personal life of this ultimate public servant and American hero, who after a lifetime of public service faced his biggest test: a pandemic whose ferocity is unmatched in modern history. 

At the helm of the project will be Emmy-winners John Hoffman and Janet Tobias, Academy Award-winner Dan Cogan (producer on Icarus), and two-time Academy Award-nominee Liz Garbus. 

Dubbed "America’s Doctor" by The New Yorker, Dr. Fauci has become America’s most unlikely cultural icon, with his signature blend of scientific acumen, candor, courage and integrity in the face of Covid-19. 

He has been affectionately spoofed by Oscar-winner Brad Pitt and memorialised by Fauci fans who have put his face on everything from coffee mugs to candles. He is a tireless and effective communicator who has captured hearts and minds across the nation and around the world for his willingness to speak truth to power during an unprecedented pandemic. But less is known about the journey that led him to where he is today.

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Dr. Fauci has worked under seven American presidents

A world-renowned infectious disease specialist, Dr. Fauci has valiantly led the US fight against every epidemic the country has faced over the past 50 years, from Aids to Sars to Ebola, and now, Covid-19. 

The longest-serving public health leader in Washington, Dr. Fauci has worked under seven presidents and is revered on both sides of the aisle. 

Through intimate interviews, Dr. Fauci takes us on a journey through his remarkable career, with a particular focus on HIV/Aids — from the dark years when there was no treatment and little funding to the advent of triple therapy, and his efforts to bring cutting-edge medications to sub-Saharan Africa through the development of The President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR), which has saved more than 18 million lives since 2003. 

But the man America has come to know and trust over this past year was forged even earlier: during his childhood in Brooklyn working at his father’s pharmacy, by his rigorous Jesuit education at Regis High School and Holy Cross College that instilled in him a sense of duty to others, and in the endless night shifts during his residency at New York Hospital. 

The film will also feature the voices of many of those who have influenced him, and whom he has worked alongside - and for - including President George W. Bush, Bill Gates, and Bono. 

"There is only one Dr. Fauci, and it is an incredible privilege to bring his inspiring, lifelong quest to cure disease and prevent outbreaks, to viewers around the world," said Hoffman and Tobias. 

"This film will be an unprecedented, intimate portrait of America's greatest public servant, whose relentless pursuit of truth and devotion to science has never been more important."

(Compiled by Herman Eloff. Source: National Geographic)

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