Somehow, Michael Moore - director of such controversial documentaries as Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, and Sicko - managed to keep his latest project almost completely under wraps until the first screening.
Michael Moore in TrumpLand was unveiled to the public last night during a screening at New York City’s IFC Centre, kickstarting its week-long run at the Los Angeles' Laemmle Town Center 5 in Encino.
The 73-minute live performance film sees the Oscar-winning director speak about the two candidates on stage in Ohio, a county that has four times as many Trump supporters as Clinton.
Speaking on stage just two weeks ago, Moore postulates what America would be like if either candidate got into the White House.
"We're flying by the seat of our pants here,” Moore told the premiere’s audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Our goal is to have as many Americans see this over the next five or ten days.”
When asked why he chose Ohio, he said: “To us, this was TrumpLand. I wanted to do this not in a safe place, but in a place where we’d need a lot of security, which we had.”
With regards the film’s international release, Moore revealed that things were “coming together in a very rapid-fire way,” adding it would hopefully be available via video-on-demand services in the near future.
In the film, Moore heavily criticises Trump supporters, arguing how “white men over 35 are obsolete… and that's why they're at the Trump rallies,” while women are unproblematic.
“No women invented a hydrogen or atomic bomb, and no girls have gone into schools to shoot them up,” he says. “We're actually quite safe from 51 percent of the population,” he explains. “Whatever you're afraid of does not wear a dress — or a pantsuit.”
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There are also imagined news segments from a post-Trump winning world that include aerial strikes on Mexico, a state-operated news channel from Breitbart, and Rosie O’Donnell being deported from the country. During the film, Moore also concludes that, despite never wanting to vote for Clinton before, he would be this election because: “The enemy of my enemy is who I’m voting for on Nov. 8.”
Notably, at the recorded performance, Trump supporters were seated away from "Mexican and Mexican-looking Americans” to make “Trump people feel more comfortable”, a fake brick wall between the two.
After the screening, he added: "If I leave here tonight with people thinking that this was just a nice funny show and that we’re not in any kind of trouble here because Trump has imploded, ... the shitshow isn’t over.”
Numerous famous faces have taken to criticising Trump in past weeks, most recently Will.i.am who released a song about the infamous “grab them by the p***y” comments. South Park also joined in the Trump-bashing, releasing a clip of their version of Trump - Mr Garrison - being a stand-up comedian.
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