Tom Santilli is a professional film critic, TV personality, host and
the Executive Producer of Movie Show Plus.
He also is the film critic for WXYZ Channel 7 Action News in Detroit,
and appeared weekly on FOX-2 in Detroit from 2016-2020.
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The race to create a viable vaccine for COVID-19 takes center-stage in the new HBO documentary, "How To Survive A Pandemic," a film that champions science and those that champion it.
With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, filmmaker David France takes us back to the early days of the pandemic, and how the government and the world's leading scientists and institutions were tasked with the impossible: Come up with a vaccine for this deadly new worldwide virus, in record time.
Mostly, the documentary stays apolitical but shows the many hurdles that those in the scientific community had to overcome in order to literally save the world. On occasion, the film does show the backlash that these men and women were up against - especially the "face" of American COVID-19 research, Dr. Fauci - and the ludicrous yet seriously vicious attacks that he had to endure both personally and professionally. But most of the time, this is an "in-the-weeds" look at the science, and what it took for us to get to the point where we are.
"How To Survive A Pandemic" is now available on HBO Max, and is definitely a recommended watch.
Run Time: 1 hour 46 minutes.
Directed by David France ("Welcome to Chechnya," "How to Survive a Plague").
"How To Survive A Pandemic" is streaming on HBO Max beginning Tuesday, March 29th, 2022.
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