#UNFIT: A Psychological Thriller (2020)

  • 1h 24m
  • Dan Partland
  • United States
  • 2020

“Is Donald Trump psychologically fit to be President?”

An eye-opening and shattering analysis of the behaviour, psyche, condition, and stability of US President, Donald J. Trump.

After years of empirical observation, for the first time ever, prominent mental health professionals go on camera, on the record and for the record. They discuss, analyse, and conduct a science-based examination of the behaviour, psyche, condition, and stability of President Trump.

#UNFIT examines his effect on America’s citizenry, culture and institutions.

Equally crucial to understanding the Trump phenomenon is understanding his support base. In a riveting discussion, the film’s mental health experts theorise on the phenomenon of Trump’s hardened base of supporters. Why do they continue to support him, and why do so many of them dig in, deny, deflect, and otherwise mirror his actions? 

Though it has undeniable political implications, #UNFIT is not politically motivated; it does not advocate for policy issues or take a stance on matters of state. The film is also not intended to offer a formal diagnosis, nor to recommend treatment.

But the analysis is rooted in science.

“An eye-opening and shattering analysis
of the behaviour, psyche, condition
and stability of Donald J. Trump.”

Using anecdotal references, the filmmakers connect the dots between Trump’s behaviour and what they observe to be conditions of paranoia, anti-social personality disorder, narcissism and sadism. These traits are collectively termed Malignant Narcissism, often referred to as the “quintessence of evil”.

A malignant narcissist is grandiose, with an inflated sense of accomplishment, and an excessive need for admiration: boastful, hypersensitive to criticism, arrogant, and envious.

He is always ready to raise hostility levels, and uses deceit and manipulation. He transgresses social norms, and lacks moral conscience. He is preoccupied with perceived disloyalty, bears grudges, is quick to blame others and prone to conspiracy theories. He dehumanises people he perceives as weak, and takes glee in their misfortune.

Does any of this sound familiar?

Read Steve Newall’s picks for the best dozen Doc Edge 2020 films on

Watch the Newshub report on #Unfit here.

Previous festival selections include:
Doc Ville Belgium
Films By the Sea
Munich Doc Fest


Dan Partland



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