MICHAEL MOORE EN CANNES

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A riesgo ser reiterativo, vuelvo a colgar una carta de Michael Moore, dada la gravedad de los acontecimientos que denuncia. Tengo que agradecer a mis amig@s de entrenomadas y 39 escalones el haber tenido conocimiento de la carta.

Thursday, May 17th, 2007
“Sicko” is Completed and We’re Off to Cannes!

Friends,

It’s a wrap! My new film, “Sicko,” is all done and will have its world premiere this Saturday night at the Cannes Film Festival. As with “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11,” we are honored to have been chosen by this prestigious festival to screen our work there.

My intention was to keep “Sicko” under wraps and show it to virtually no one before its premiere in Cannes. That is what I have done and, as you may have noticed if you are a recipient of my infrequent Internet letters, I have been very silent about what I’ve been up to. In part, that’s because I was working very hard to complete the film. But my silence was also because I knew that the health care industry — an industry which makes up more than 15 percent of our GDP — was not going to like much of what they were going to see in this movie and I thought it best not to upset them any sooner than need be.

Well, going quietly to Cannes, I guess, was not to be. For some strange reason, on May 2nd the Bush administration initiated an action against me over how I obtained some of the content they believe is in my film. As none of them have actually seen the film (or so I hope!), they decided, unlike with “Fahrenheit 9/11,” not to wait until the film was out of the gate and too far down the road to begin their attack.

Bush’s Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson, launched an investigation of a trip I took to Cuba to film scenes for the movie. These scenes involve a group of 9/11 rescue workers who are suffering from illnesses obtained from working down at Ground Zero. They have received little or no help with their health care from the government. I do not want to give away what actually happens in the movie because I don’t want to spoil it for you (although I’m sure you’ll hear much about it after it unspools Saturday). Plus, our lawyers have advised me to say little at this point, as the film goes somewhere far scarier than “Cuba.” Rest assured of one thing: no laws were broken. All I’ve done is violate the modern-day rule of journalism that says, “ask no questions of those in power or your luncheon privileges will be revoked.”

This preemptive action taken by the Bush administration on the eve of the “Sicko” premiere in Cannes led our attorneys to fear for the safety of our film, noting that Secretary Paulson may try to claim that the content of the movie was obtained through a violation of the trade embargo that our country has against Cuba and the travel laws that prohibit average citizens of our free country from traveling to Cuba. (The law does not prohibit anyone from exercising their first amendment right of a free press and documentaries are protected works of journalism.)

I was floored when our lawyers told me this. “Are you saying they might actually confiscate our movie?” “Yes,” was the answer. “These days, anything is possible. Even if there is just a 20 percent chance the government would seize our movie before Cannes, does anyone want to take that risk?”

Certainly not. So there we were last week, spiriting a duplicate master negative out of the country just so no one from the government would take it from us. (Seriously, I can’t believe I just typed those words! Did I mention that I’m an American, and this is America and NO ONE should ever have to say they had to do such a thing?)

I mean, folks, I have just about had it. Investigating ME because I’m trying to help some 9/11 rescue workers our government has abandoned? Once again, up is down and black is white. There are only two people in need of an investigation and a trial, and the desire for this across America is so widespread you don’t even need to see the one’s smirk or hear the other’s sneer to know who I am talking about.

But no, I’m the one who now has to hire lawyers and sneak my documentary out of the country just so people can see a friggin’ movie. I mean, it’s just a movie! What on earth could I have placed on celluloid that would require such a nonsensical action against me?

Ok. Scratch that.

Well, I’m on my way to Cannes right now, a copy of the movie in my bag. Don’t feel too bad for me, I’ll be in the south of France for a week! But then it’s back to the U.S. for a number of premieres and benefits and then, finally, a chance for all of you to see this film that I have made. Circle June 29th on your calendar because that’s when it opens in theaters everywhere across the country and Canada (for the rest of the world, it opens in the fall).

I can’t wait for you to see it.

Yours,

Michael Moore

P.S. I will write more about what happens from Cannes. Stay tuned on my website, MichaelMoore.com.

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6 comentarios

  1. Lo que está sucediendo con Michael Moore es intolerable y una demostración irrefutable de lo que es la política ‘neocons’ en Estados Unidos y que algunos quieren importar a España disfrazada de tolerancia liberal.
    Cada vez queda más demostrado que la supuesta democracia americana es sólo supuesta, y que está instalada de dictadura del dólar y el beneficio, sin que les detengan obstáculos tales como los derechos humanos, la censura, la persecución o la utilización de prácticas que constituyen crímenes de guerra y crímenes contra la Humanidad.
    Cada vez me resulta menos extraño que nazca en muchos sitios un odio que lleve a intentar eliminar físicamente a esta gentuza, aunque luego siempre lo paguen los inocentes.

  2. A ver escalones míos.
    El odio contra el gobierno de los Estados Unidos está más que justificado. Pero es seguro que hay gente estupenda, como el propio Moore, Chomsky, a veces, sólo a veces Petras, Klein, la Sarandon, el maravilloso Martín Shinn, el Penn, mi adorada
    Angela Davis y tantos otros.

    Yo lo que espero es que la vieja Europa deje de besarle el pus a los norteamericanos. Nosotros tan eurocentristas a veces no nos damos cuenta de lo imbeciles que somos también.

    Yo creo que Moore acabaré sacandole partido a esta putada y quizá su pelicula se vea aún más. Por lo que he podido saber el film está muy bien, lleno de datos contrastados y muy, muy hecha para el gusto yanqui.
    Que es lo que hay que hacer para

  3. Se me ha cortado el texto sin revisarlo antes. !Qué apuro!
    Lo siento, Valentín

  4. Nómadas, no os enfadéis, que soy consciente de las maravillas y la gente estupenda que hay de costa a costa en los Yuesei. Pero si se movieran más y fueran más contestatarios con su gobierno la gente en Europa sería más consciente de que eso existe y miraría con otros ojos (a ellos me refería con el término ‘inocentes’).
    Besos.

  5. Que no hay enfado, 39 escalones,
    lo que pasa es que haber pasado allí una temporada te hace ver las cosas de una forma más flexible.Valoras a gente extraordinaria, encantadora y ves la dificultad de su trabajo en medio del desierto mental de EEUU. Pero sin duda tienes razón en tu análisis. Será que yo me he agilipollado un poco.
    Besotes, guapo

  6. Estoy de acuerdo con los dos, por un lado Estados Unidos está dirigido política y socialmente por una minoría ultraconservadora que ha conseguido imponer su concepción de la sociedad, pero por otro es cierto que como decis, hay gente famosa y ciudadanos anónimos que tratan de sacar a su país de este estado de catatonia intelectual. El problema es que esa minoría ultra cada vez tiene más atada bajo su control la política y la sociedad estadounidense.
    Besos y abrazos a discreción

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