By Culturekiosque Staff
CANNES, FRANCE, 19 MAY 2007 American documentary director
Michael Moore, who won the Golden Palm in 2004 for
Fahrenheit 9/11, was alone today to meet the press. His latest film
being screened Out of Competition, Sicko, examines the United
States health care system. Two quick questions from the moderator
established the fact that the film has not yet screened in the Unites
States and that yes, Michael Moore is under federal investigation.
Regarding whether this federal investigation could stop the June
opening of the film: "We haven't even discussed that possibility, that
actions would be taken to prevent us from opening the film on June 29th
when it is scheduled to be released in the United States. I don't know.
Our intent was to come here to Cannes quietly. I gave no interviews; no
one was to see the film before we came here and this was to be the first
time I was going to speak about it at this table...If they thought it
would mar the film in some way, that it would turn some Americans off in
some way because we ended up in Cuba...The point was not to go to Cuba,
the point was to go to American soil in Guantanamo Bay and to get the same
health care as the Al Queda detainees."
Michael Moore on health care and the presidential elections: "We need
candidates that say that you must remove profit when it comes to health
care. Profits should have nothing to do with making a decision over
whether or not they should help someone...And this needs to be non-profit
and it needs to be managed by our government for the people, of the
people, by the people."
Regarding the rosy picture portrayed of Canada's health care system in
the film: I know it is difficult to hear me say these nice things about
Canada, but I think that if we aspired more to the way you are doing it,
we would be better off. I recognize that there are flaws in your system
but that is not for me to correct. My thinking in traveling around the
world, seeing your system, the British system, the Cuban system, the
French system is that we should do as Americans always do: just steal the
best things that you have in your systems that you're doing right and
don't do the things you're doing wrong."
On why he was not present confronting people in power this time in the
film: The film is a call to action. The film is meant not for Michael
Moore to go and do it, but for the American people to go and do it"
What triggered him to begin investigating American health care: "I had
a television show in the United States in 1999 called The Awfull
Truth and we did a piece on a man who had health insurance, but the
health insurance company Humana would not pay for a pancreas transplant.
We then went and conducted the man's funeral on the lawn of Humana health
care company. Three days later they decide to give the man his transplant.
So wow, we saved the man's life just with a camera, and we started
thinking what else we could do with this issue and that is where the
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