Sundance opens with world documentary made from Russian propaganda

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PARK CITY, Utah (KUTV) - Russia has state controlled media. That state controlled media apparently reported about the 2016 U.S. presidential election a lot.

And it was weird.

Using that broadcast content -- clearly modeled on 24-hour network news programs from the U.S. -- "Our New President" created a documentary that tells the story of the election, formed by Russian propaganda. It kicked off the world documentary category of the Sundance Film Festival Thursday night.

If the Russians have the story right, Hillary Clinton had a case of probably fatal dementia, as well as many other diseases, caused by a curse that was passed to her when she visited a mummy while visiting Russia when her husband Bill Clinton was president in 1997.

She also has unexplained sores, made erratic and jerky motions and this likely due to the drug use. After all, the Clinton White House would start most days with drugs and in fact, the Clinton's brought a lot of cocaine users with them when they moved in.

Oh and there was sex abuse and murder too.

And if you watch the film, or if you were watching Russian television, you will know how interesting a palm reader found Donald Trump's hands, particularly his thumb lines.

Director Maxim Pozdorovkin, and his team, assembled the footage of propaganda and peppered it with YouTube content from Russia to show how the ideas melted down from news to the citizens of Russia.

"A lot of times we would find somebody saying something ridiculous and then we would have to track where this piece of information came from," Pozdorovkin said. "Essentially all of their ideas about America largely come from television and television news."

He also said the team did its best not to create more propaganda using the Russian propaganda. The result is a film that is not like films you have seen before and it may be a struggle to find an audience for it. Even at Sundance, a film this unconventional can be a hard watch.

In one of the few comments from the filmmakers during the film, it opened with this quote from writer Phillip K. Dick

Fake realities will create fake humans. Or, fake humans will generate fake realities and then sell them to other humans, turning them, eventually, into forgeries of themselves.

"Our New President" plays:

Fri. 1/19, 9:00 a.m., Temple, PC

Fri. 1/19, 6:00 p.m., Sundance Resort, Provo

Sat. 1/20, 11:59 p.m., Broadway 6, SLC

Thu. 1/25, 9:30 p.m., Ray, PC

Fri. 1/26, 3:00 p.m., Temple, PC

Click here for more information on how to attend the Sundance Film Festival.


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