Michael Moore, Carl Deal and Rob Birleson discuss Where To Invade Next at the London Press Conference
To show what the USA can learn from rest of the world, director Michael Moore playfully visits various nations in Europe and Africa as a one-man “invader” to take their ideas and practices for America. Whether it is Italy with its generous vacation time allotments, France with its gourmet school lunches, German with its industrial policy, Norway and its prison system, Tunisia and its strongly progressive women’s policy and Iceland and its strong female presence in government and business among others, Michael Moore discovers there is much that American should emulate.
After an absence of 6 years Michael Moore returns to our cinema screens with his new documentary Where To Invade Next. Bringing his own style of satirical observation of the American culture and foreign policy he embarks on a journey around Europe and slightly further a field 'to take/steal cultural and social ideas'.
The London Press conference was covered by Raj Virdi on behalf of The Fan Carpet. In attendance was Michael Moore (Director, Producer, Narrator), Carl Deal (Producer) and Rob Birleson (Executive Producer).
This film was shot largely around Europe, but would you agree it is a film about American’s and for American’s?
Michael Moore: Are we still in Europe? (Laughingly). I've spent over 25 years pointing out everything that's wrong with the United States, I not only not have to point it out any longer to my fellow Americans, most Americans get it! The rich have got a lot richer, everyone else is working a lot harder for less pay, less benefit and not much time off.
So I'm not going to make another issues film, because the issues are what’s wrong has at it's core an economic system that's unfair, unjust and undemocratic and until that changes I could make these films until the cows come home.
However while making the film 'here', because I'm still going to refer to the UK as Europe, we thought European’s would love this movie because it's a reminder to you of the good things you have and to look at yourself from the outsiders eyes.
Yes I know there are problems, but still you came up with the idea of a National Health Service. No other country has this. Yes you have problems, quit whining and fix them, fix them!
Especially for the Brits this film can act as a reminder that you have done things that are really good and we for the life of us cannot understand why you want to be more like us. We look to you. Brits watching the film will wonder why you don't come to the UK with this film. Michael Moore: It was a conscious and purposeful decision not to come to the UK. With all due respect, we wanted to come to the countries where we thought we could learn something. We didn't feel there was anything left to learn here. You'd given up on yourselves to such a degree that you'd want to to put your 18 to 22 year olds into debt simply because they want to go to university, that you'd start charging for education. That's just one example.
Why would you do this? This is a place that wants to put young adults in to debt, this is a place that wants to create a two-tier medical system, this is a place that's elected a Conservative Government and now wants to leave the European Union.
I hope I'm not sounding offensive by this. It's a plea for you to be the Britain that we know of and the good ideas you have had.
You've eluded to Brexit debate and you're releasing this film in the fortnight running up to the referendum. Do you hope it has a role to play in that debate?
Michael Moore: No, It's not my role to have any say in this debate, because I'm not British. So it would not be my right to tell you what to do he said, just before he told them what to do (laughingly). I will say this it does from the outside look strange.
First off, we can’t vote to leave North America, so how do you leave Europe? I know it’s not leaving Europe, it’s leaving the European Union but that’s like Texas voting to eave the United States!
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