OUR NEW PRESIDENT
Language: English, Russian
Running Time: 78min
Film Year: 2018
Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award
Composed entirely of found materials, this jaw-dropping documentary from Maxim Pozdorovkin—co-director of MFF ’15 selection The Notorious Mr. Bout—tracks the 2016 US election through the lens of Russian mainstream news, which is to say, Russian propaganda.
Apocalyptic prophecies, racist analyses of Obama’s posture, suggestions that Hilary Clinton was cursed by a mummy, has dementia and oversees a secret pedophile ring: the fake news is piled as high as Ostankino Tower, which broadcasts all the major Russian networks. Pozdorovkin sets the tone through astonishing footage of media czar Dmitry Kiselyov informing his team that the time of unbiased reportage is over and, from now on, “editorial policy will be based on our love of Russia.”
Fascinating, alarming and bleakly hilarious, Our New President is a vital report from the frontlines of today’s information wars.
Director: Maxim Pozdorovkin
Producer: Maxim Pozdorovkin, Joe Bender, Charlotte Cook
Executive Producer: Dan Cogan Jenny Raskin
Production Company: Third Party Films
Music: The Presidential Band
Editor: Matvey Kulakov, Maxim Pozdorovkin