Maxim Pozdorovkin. USA-Russia, 2018. 78'. Original language, Catalan and English subtitles.
It's time again for the L'Alternativa Independent Film Festival, this year celebrating its 25th anniversary. Tonight it's the story of Donald Trump's election told entirely through Russian propaganda. By turns horrifying and hilarious, the film is a satirical portrait of Russian meddling in the 2016 election that reveals an empire of fake news and the tactics of modern-day information warfare. 'Sourced from historical archives, TV channels and various corners of the internet, the footage is about as random as it gets,' says director Maxim Pozdorovkin. 'The task of taming the chaos of our source footage was the film’s main formal challenge. When working with found footage, you learn to take authorial control wherever you can find it.... Using every conceivable permutation of sound and image, "Our New President" is a film that tries to express something true about something false.'