U.S. Filmmaker Michael Moore to Premiere Documentary about Trump

Washington, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) U.S. filmmaker Michael Moore will premiere his critical documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 about President Donald Trump on September 6 at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to newspaper reports.

The work, which will reach cinemas for the first time 15 days after the debut, follows the Republican leader's life and career and questions the American political system.

Moore posted a preview of the audiovisual creation, whose title refers to the day after which Trump won the presidential elections in 2016.

The name is related to another Moore´s work in 2004, Fahrenheit 9/11, focused on the former president George W. Bush and the consequences of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States.

That documentary became the biggest box-office hit in history and grossed 222.4 million dollars worldwide, recalled the press.

According to Moore, Fahrenheit 11/9 'is the result of my anger and love for what may still be possible for the United States and the democracy we never really had.'

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Michael Moore’s Top-Secret Trump Documentary Revealed: ‘Depress the Trump Vote’

Late Monday night, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore announced via Twitter that he’d be screening a top-secret movie project Tuesday evening in New York. Accompanying the announcement was an imposing image of the Trump troika—Ivanka, Don Jr., and Eric—giving their best Children of the Corn meets The Skulls, intimating that this would be a takedown of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on a par with Fahrenheit 9/11, his 2004 hit job on George W. Bush. That film went on to gross an inconceivable $222 million worldwide, still the highest-grossing documentary ever, yet failed to tip the election in Democratic rival John Kerry’s favor. Moore “communicates to that far-left sliver that would never vote for Bush, even if there was an election on the moon,” said Scott Reed, the former campaign manager for Bob Dole, at the time.

Though titled Michael Moore in TrumpLand, the acclaimed documentarian’s big “October surprise” has precious little to do with Donald. Instead, the film offers a fairly convincing case for why voters should make Hillary Clinton the first female POTUS.

“What the country doesn’t need is to be told that Trump is a crazy, dangerous psychopath [and] sociopath, all of that,” said Moore, introducing the film’s premiere screening at New York City’s IFC Center. “He has written and produced that movie and it appears daily.”

In the era of WikiLeaks, it’s pretty astonishing that Moore was able to keep his movie under wraps. Filming began 11 days ago, taking place over two nights at the historic Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, Ohio—a city in a county where Trump received four times as many votes as Hillary in the primaries—and the movie was locked at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. It consists of Moore performing a one-man show in front of a diverse crowd of Hillary/Trump/undecided voters. And, with the exception of a fun little doomsday sketch envisioning what President Trump’s first days in office might look like—mass deportations, bombings along the Mexican border, nationwide stop-and-frisk, and a Roger Ailes-led Trump network airing 24/7—Moore spends the bulk of the film singing Hillary’s praises whilst standing (or sitting) in front of a collection of striking images of young Hillary.

Moore runs through a lot of Hillary’s greatest hits, from her 1969 commencement address at Wellesley to her fight for universal health-care as first lady to the unbelievable amount of sexism she’s had to put up with over the course of her career. He jokes about how the bellowing of Trump’s supporters at his rallies is akin to a “dinosaur” death knell—the near-extinct being old, angry white men—and how “there are going to be internment camps for men” under a President Hillary Clinton. And Moore, who comes off very loose and droll here, even presents a 1998 clip from his short-lived TV series The Awful Truth wherein Donald Trump not only compliments Hillary, calling her “a good woman” who’s “going to be married to our current president for a long time,” but even kisses the butt of Moore.

If this all sounds a bit strange, it should. During the Democratic primary, Moore, an avowed Bernie Sanders supporter, was very tough on Hillary. He branded her “Wall Street’s paid candidate” while live-tweeting the Democratic debate, and back in 2008 said he was “morally prohibited from voting for Hillary” due to her initial support of the Iraq War.

During the film’s post-screening Q&A, when asked by The Daily Beast why he’s changed his tune on Hillary given his past charges levied against her, Moore deviated sharply from the film’s hagiographical script.

“She has a very close relationship with [Wall Street],” said Moore. “If you’ve read any of the Podesta emails—or her emails—you can see that she’s inclined to that… The fight will continue. The Bernie Revolution on Nov. 9th is critical. If we just leave it up to her, she may tend to side with that which she’s become used to.”

“I feel the same way about the Iraq War vote,” he continued. “I don’t feel any less passion about her mistake. If I had my TV show like the one I used to have, I would try to do a segment where I get her to go around on an apology tour to the parents of those who’ve died in the war. If I were her, and if she’s a person of conscience, I think she owes that to at least a few parents.”

Why Hillary, then a junior U.S. senator from New York, should have to go door-to-door apologizing for the Iraq War given that she was only one of 374 people in Congress to vote for the Iraq Resolution—which authorized the president to pursue military action against Iraq—wasn’t fully explained.

But Moore’s post-screening comments aside, TrumpLand’s mission, should the American public choose to accept it when it drops on iTunes on Oct. 19, is to ensure that the orange one gets nowhere near the nuclear codes.

“One of my personal goals—maybe I shouldn’t say this out loud—was to depress the Trump vote. They may still vote for Trump, but they may not bring 10 people with them,” said Moore. “Our biggest opponent on Election Day is getting people out [to the polls] who have given up.”

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Michael Moore, the imperial conqueror

The Pentagon summons Michael Moore to meet with the Joint Chiefs of Staff with the presence of all branches: the Army, the Air Force, the Navy and marines.

“We haven’t won a war since the big one”, #II, they told him.

They are sorry for spending billions of dollars and that they couldn’t even get the oil of Iraq they had promised. They feel humiliated, embarrassed and ask the documentary-maker for advice.

Moore thinks for a few seconds and replies: “Our troops need a well-deserved break. Send me, rather than the marines, because we’ve got problems that no army can solve.

It’s then when Michael decides to invade Europe to steal the good things he needs from them and take them back to America. Thus begins “Where to Invade Next?, political documentary premiered last May and as he did in “Capitalism, a love story” or in “Sicko”, the filmmaker shoots bursts against the American dream.

Although Europe has its own problems, acknowledges the also director of “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine” (Oscar winning film), his mission is to collect flowers not bad weeds. Therefore, he limits himself to describe in almost two hours the good ideas of some European nations, which according to him, the government of the U.S. might apply if it wishes to in order to solve its serious internal conflicts.

Paid vacations in Italy

"I come to occupy Italy", announces Michael Moore. I am a one-man army and I will steal your best idea. In two years, it will seem that the idea was of the United States”. The Italian couple with which he is talking to smiles like some who is colonized, at the same time that Michael Moore places the American flag in the middle of their living-room.

altMoore meets with an Italian couple.

Italy is ahead of the US in terms of productivity and this critical documentary filmmaker cannot believe it. His people work more hours. However some owners of well-placed Italian companies as Ducarti assure that the results are fruit of workers' rights: 15 days paid for honeymoon, paid leave (eight weeks a year), lunch at home during working hours and five-week pregnancy leave.

Moore takes home all these ideas not before saying, "I am sure that you also make more love."

altMoore talks to a corporate executive on the workers' labor conditions.

There are only two countries that do not cover maternity leave, states the filmmaker. "Papua New Guinea and the United States. There is also no law requiring anyone to pay for the vacation of his employees."

Education in Finland

Meanwhile, Finland deciphered the code of good education notwithstanding its students have the shortest session and school year in the Western world. "How is it possible that its children outdo the rest of the world if years ago the schools of this nation stank as much as those in US?", wonders the filmmaker.

In order to find the answer, he decided to enter Finland and discover the top-secret the "enemy" was hiding. He met Krista Kiuru, Minister of Education, but did not need to apply interrogation techniques or the famous waterboarding for her to confess. The expert revealed the maximum state secret in half a second conversation: There is no distinction in the quality of education between schools in different areas and Finnish children do not have homework.

Finnish educators state that the brain must relax from time to time to learn. So they consider the term homework obsolete and argue that children have many other things to do after class: Share with their family, play with others of their age, practice sports, read, listen to music and appreciate art. Finally, they should have time to be children.

From Finland Moore takes the right of rich and poor people to receive the same education and the elimination of extracurricular duties.

Norwegian prison system

On a visit to Bastøy prison, Norway, Moore discovers that the principle of rehabilitation, on which this country’s prison system is based, is a great idea that Americans should take back urgently.

In Bastøy revenge as punishment is not applied. For this reason, four guards are enough to keep the order of 115 prisoners serving sentences in a kind of open collective farm, where they are allowed to run, play basketball, and practice cycling, fishing and swimming.

altAt Bastoy, Moore is welcomed by an inmate strolling in the surroundings.

alt The filmmaker talks to one of the inmates who cooks in the prison.

The cells (small, individual apartments) are fitted with basic things. They have no bars or locks, just a single door, which the prisoner himself opens and closes with his key.

As if that weren’t enough, some cooks (inmates too) handle knives to prepare the day's menu. Knives of different sizes and sharpened, are strictly for cooking, assures on camera Trond, a convicted murder while laughing and caressing an axe to cut.

Decriminalized drugs in Portugal

I have a lot of cocaine in my pocket, says Moore to two policemen in Portugal. Aren’t you going to arrest me?

The officers smile. In Portugal this is not a crime more than 15 years ago, they told the filmmaker.

Dr. Nino Capaz, from Portugal’s Health Ministry, known as the drug czar, reveals Michael Moore that people daily consume other drugs that are dangerous too (though legal) such as alcohol, internet, coffee, sugar, sex…and only a certain number of people become aggressive or violent. He adds that the same thing happens with other stronger drugs and their effects.

Although Moore is still astonished, figures show that drug decriminalization allowed to reduce its consumption in the last fifteen years.

Portugal fought against the big-money drug trafficking business (the real danger) and not against its victims. However, in U.S. if you are caught with drugs you’re not considered a victim-user and they send you directly to jail, especially blacks who are forced to work for only 33 cents an hour, making US prisons one of the many companies that use ‘slaves’ at present, denounces Moore.

Tunisia: Right to Abortion and Family Planning  

Tunisia is a country from the Muslim North Africa where there were Clinics for women, financed by the State, something North Americans don't have.    

In Tunisia says doctor Rim Ben Aissa, directress for a Family Planning Center, abortion is legal since 1973 and they have 24 health institutions, main focus on contraception. 

alt The "invader" met with Dr. Rim Ben Aissa, head of a Family Planning Center in Tunisia.

According to the specialist those services contribute to equalize women to men. "They have every right to plan their life, receive a good education and get a job according to their capabilities."    

What the U.S. should learn from Tunisia, asserts Moore at the end of this chapter, it’s that when women win control of their own body they also win control over their lives, something North American women don’t have either.

With refined humor the documentary director continues through the film "invading" countries to know firsthand those social conditions which are improvable in his country: quality lunches in France at public schools, gender equality in Iceland, free universities in Slovenia, to which many young North Americans who can’t afford to pay in their country attend today.

The reaction of North Americans  

The North American audience immediately connected with the documentary. They come out from the cinema crying and wondering why don't we have those social services? We don't have them, said Michael to the website periódico.com, because we are "a greedy and racist country that dedicates his resources to wars."  

The imperial conqueror, also added to nuevatribuna.com that with his last film “North Americans already know everything, they don't need to watch another documentary telling them how screwed up things are. What we need now is to move our ass…. Do something and be inspired in what we can get to be."  

Though statements like these have not come cheap for Moore (threats and murder intents), the misfit film director assured not to throw the towel in. He will keep working to eliminate the fear and stupidity first that dominates his people and then the urgent changes that needs the richest and most powerful nation in the world, where paradoxically 46.7 million people live in poverty, according to figures published this month by the International Monetary Fund.  

CubaSi Translation Staff

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