A new documentary about the face of the COVID-19 pandemic response in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci, received 125,000 views on its opening day Tuesday, according to a press release.

The film, called The Real Anthony Fauci – the Movie, is based on a book called The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Kennedy Jr. is a son of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy and a nephew of President John F. Kennedy. The younger Kennedy says he used to watch figures like Fauci “with admiration.”

“The Real Anthony Fauci, the latest film from documentary filmmaker Jeff Hays, exposes the motivations behind ‘America’s Doctor’ to issue unquestioned edicts that upended everyday life during the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to a promotion for the film distributed before its release.

The film is available for viewing here.

Fauci, who is retiring at the end of the year, is officially the Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden and the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He has worked for the U.S. government for more than 50 years.

He is a controversial figure who led the charge in combating the virus in the United States.

His most recent controversy was admitting that he knew lockdowns, for which he advocated, would have negative ramifications on children, but proceeded with them anyway.

“Of course, when you make recommendations, if the primary goal when you’re dealing with a situation where the hospitals were being overrun in New York, intensive care units were being put in hallways, you have to do something that’s rather draconian,” he told The Atlantic. “And sometimes when you do draconian things, it has collateral negative consequences, just like when you shut things down, even temporarily, it does have deleterious consequences on the economy, on the schoolchildren. You know that.”

But Fauci recently claimed that he did not support mandatory lockdowns, and that the decision to implement them was not his.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].