Ever since a fateful visit to a mummy’s glass-encased tomb in 1997, Hillary Clinton has been plagued by fainting spells, drug use, and even allegations of sexual abuse and murder. Don’t believe it? Just ask the reporters at Vesti and NTV, two of the most-watched state-run news shows in Russia, where outlandish stories like these reach millions of viewers every night. As more details of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US presidential election emerge, acclaimed filmmaker Maxim Pozdorovkin assembles a fever dream of Russian propaganda aimed at both Clinton and Trump from YouTube, RT, and other media platforms. Within this alternate universe of misinformation, we witness the seeds of the 2016 fake news cycle take root and successfully infiltrate the collective conscience of a Russian populace trained to distrust truth and objectivity. The divisive stories peddled by these journalists, handpicked by Putin, range from sinister to absurd, but they all point to a coordinated effort to alter public opinion at home and abroad.
- World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing - Sundance FF
- Time of History Second Prize - Valladolid IFF
- Maxim Pozdorovkin
- Matvey Kulakov
- The Presidential Band
- Ivan Markovsky
- METFILM SALES
- THIRD PARTY FILMS
An audaciously assembled film , made up entirely of Russian state news clips and user-generated videos, is a fascinating and necessary curio.
Our New President plays like a fever dream with its relentless montages of 21st century Russian propaganda.
Maxim Pozdorovkin is an award-winning filmmaker, based in New York City. His most recent film, OUR NEW PRESIDENT, premiered at Sundance 2018. His documentary PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER premiered at the Sundance 2013 where it won a Special Jury Award. Maxim holds a PhD from Harvard University and is currently an artist fellow at Harvard's Society of Fellows.