United States 2019, 91 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
After his dramatic departure from the White House in 2017, and having famously stated that “the West Wing has bad karma”, Steve Bannon—Trump’s main strategist and the man behind his election campaign—wants more from life than juice cleanses and kombucha. In a bid to reassert his influence on US politics, he founds “The Movement”, an alt-right organization meant to serve as an ideological umbrella for populists in Europe and worldwide. He then spends his time buttering up donors and feeding potential voters bite-sized chunks of ideas based on fear and alienation.
Alison Klayman (whose films on Ai Weiwei and Carmen Herrera were screened at Docaviv) followed Bannon for over a year and managed to get close to him without letting him exploit her camera. She sees every quirk, every wrinkle and every exasperated sigh, and wonders: does he have anything left to sell?
Previous Festivals:Sundance, Docs against Gravity, Poland, CPH:DOX, Le Voci Dell’Inchiesta, Italy, It’s All True International Documentary Film Festival, Brazil, Docville, Belgium
Production: Marie Therese Guirgis, Alison Klayman
Production Company: Magnolia Pictures, Ryot
Editing: Brian Goetz, Marina Katz
Music: Ilan Isakov, Dan Teicher
Alison Klayman’s directorial debut, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, about the Chinese artist and activist, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for spirit of defiance. The film was released theatrically around the globe and short-listed for an Academy Award. Her other films include The 100 Years Show (Hot Docs 2015), the Netflix Original Take Your Pills (2018 SXSW Film Festival), and the upcoming short Flower Punk.