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Where to Invade Next (2015)

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To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully "invades" them to see what they have to offer.

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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, Germany with its industrial policy, Norway and its prison system, Tunisia and its strongly progressive women's policy, or Iceland and its strong female presence in government and business among others, Michael Moore discovers there is much that American should emulate. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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$3,820,195 (USA) (22 April 2016)
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Michael Moore also filmed scenes in Estonia, which is the country with the lowest mortality rate among women during childbirth. The scenes weren't used, but Moore showed shots from them in Michael Moore in TrumpLand (2016). See more »

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When Michael Moore is interviewing the former Iceland Prime Minister Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the first elected female president in the world, he says, since her time, "How many countries have elected ..." and there are many pictures of female leaders from around the world. One of those is former New Zealand Prime Minister Jenny Shipley. While she was the country's first female Prime Minister, she was not elected. Shipley, in government at the time, convinced a majority of her party colleagues to back her bid for leadership, and overthrew the male Prime Minister of New Zealand at the time. She was not elected. See more »

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Michael Moore: I am an American. I live in a great country, that was born in genocide and built on the backs of slaves.
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At the end of the credits, we see a woman scaling a flagpole and cutting down a Confederate Battle Flag, while we hear a pair of men (presumably some sort of law-enforcement officers) requesting that she stop. Accompanying that scene are the words of Moore's battle cry: "Hammer. Chisel. Down." See more »

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Hilariously Fun to Watch with Unexpected Twists
26 December 2015 | by (Chicago, United States) – See all my reviews

This isn't just a great documentary, it's a great film, with jaw dropping reveals and unexpected twists. By about 5 minutes into the film I was hooked and at the edge of my seat as the rest of the two hours flew by; I didn't want it to end, which is always a good sign.

To be clear, this film is not about U.S. military interventions like Fahrenheit 9/11, as I suspected, but rather an ironic look into the discordance between American values and American actions; not abroad but at home. It takes us outside our world only to look back at ourselves as if we were strangers. We get to see our values around health, education, incarceration, violence, and fairness in a new light. And, without giving too much away, the film culminates with a big twist that is marvelously compelling.

As a result, this film has stuck with me. It has been months since I first saw the film at the Chicago International Film Festival, where it won the Founder's Award, and I find myself thinking about the film at least weekly, which finally prompted me to write this short review.

I'm telling everyone I meet to see this film, and to bring their friends, kids, neighbors. Plan some time to talk afterward! I can't wait to see it again myself.


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