You’ve Been Trumped

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On the second day of Doc/Fest, I didn’t take in any special events of the sort I began with. And unless you count being nearly run over by a gang of 10-year-old hooligans on Razor scooters, my non-screening experience was rather unexciting. This was my time for a full day sitting in auditoriums discovering films I’d previously never heard of. A lot of Sunday’s programming included a number of great docs I’d already seen (such as 1971 and Point and Shoot) so I navigated the non-familiars. That can be a gamble, but I think even if I didn’t love most of what I saw on Day 2, I feel I had a well-balanced marathon of films I’m glad I saw. Here are some brief thoughts on each title, ranked in order of my favor: Last Days of Vietnam I had actually heard of this one ahead of time, and Nonfics has even featured a review of the doc, which is about the American evacuation of Saigon in April 1975 and is the latest from director Rory Kennedy (Ethel). My initial takeaway is that it’s remarkable how much footage exists of these events, especially from the final hours and throughout the airlifts. At one point, one of the interviewees today admits that he can’t describe what the overcrowded ships looked like anchored around Con Son island — and he doesn’t have to, because we can watch the clips. Seeing a film like this makes me madder about having to watch the same iconic shots used over and over in other docs whenever […]

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This may come as a surprise, but Donald Trump is a bully. A mean spirited megalomaniac who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about anyone but himself and his bottom line. If there’s any doubt in your mind, or if you just want another reason to dislike him, this is the movie for you. Anthony Baxter’s You’ve Been Trumped explores the controversy surrounding Trump’s plans to build a huge, opulent golf course on a scientifically unique spot of land in rural Scotland. The plan for the massive development was originally rejected due to the very legitimate environmental concerns, but in an unprecedented move the Scottish government intervened and gave it the go-ahead. Apparently the economic advantages were just too tempting to give up. The plans would clearly destroy the ecosystem around the UK’s last remaining sand dunes, but no matter – Trump wants to have a luxurious place for him and his uber-wealthy cronies to golf. Doesn’t matter that the land will be forever ruined.

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