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May 29 2016 Drama Movies Newsletter

"When I'm shooting a movie, I'm always in an invisible theater seat. I respect the fact that people have worked hard all week and want to go to the movies on the weekend and be entertained. But the struggle for me does not come between politics and entertainment, because I know that if I succeed in making an entertaining and funny or sad film, the things I want to say politically will come through very strong. If there ever is a struggle, making a good movie will always supersede the need to be noble." Filmmaker Michael Moore

"Where to Invade Next", Michael Moore's latest release, is a bit of a departure from his previous films. It does not rely on the ambush, "60 Minutes", style of journalism utilized in "Bowling for Columbine" (2002) and "Capitalism: A Love Story" (2009). In fact, Moore spends less time on-screen in "Where to Invade Next" and there are fewer attempts at comedy. Also, this is his first film that is not based in America. Moore travels to 9 countries, 8 European and one in North Africa, to discover what works in those societies and what lessons can be learned from their experiences.

In Tunisia, Moore interviews radio journalist Amel Smaoui about the 2011 revolution and the role of women in society. Smaoui makes the point that she is very familiar with American culture. American literature, music, fashion, and film are part of her life. "Where to Invade Next" is an attempt to make Americans more knowledgeable about her culture and the other countries profiled. In Slovenia, Moore even managed to score a meeting with the country's President, although cameras were not allowed in the room for the interview.

Moore's next project will undoubtedly stir up greater controversy than this film. He plans to make "The Kings of Atheism", a documentary feature about atheist comedians on tour in the "Bible Belt" of the American South. Moore has referred to himself as a "very spiritual person", so it will be interesting to see how he reconciles this fact with his subject matter.

Here's the latest article from the Drama Movies site at BellaOnline.com.

Where to Invade Next Film Review
Michael Moore looks for solutions, rather than problems, in his latest documentary "Where to Invade Next". Moore travels to Europe to discover alternative ways of attaining and maintaining the American Dream.


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