How do I deal with a hostile neighbor

Newlyweds come here for their honeymoon. It's tradition. Niagara Falls, that dirty little industrial town near a spectacular natural phenomenon, is usually avoided by visitors. American presidents have seldom got lost here either. The last was William McKinley when he was passing through to the World's Fair in nearby Buffalo in September 1901, where he was assassinated shortly afterwards.

Since the end of the Cold War, things have been going down economically with the local armories. "Hacker Dynamics", a leading defense company that has so far reliably ensured that only thoroughly contaminated water fell down the Niagara Falls, is closing its doors. Thousands of people are losing their jobs. The sudden outbreak of peace made them unemployed and without prospects. Desperate, many throw themselves into the still roaring, but now clean waters of the famous waterfalls. Attempts are made to tackle the rapidly rising suicide rate with a not fully developed bonus system: the local law enforcement officers receive $ 25 for every suicide prevented. If they have to pull a corpse out of the flood, it's $ 50. A lucrative extra income for Sheriff Boomer and Deputy Honey.

With rising unemployment, the president's popularity ratings have fallen into free fall. His advisors, the windy Stuart Smiley and hardliner General Panzer, are initially at a loss when the Russians refuse to start another, job-creating arms race. An enemy is urgently needed to boost the economy. All ordinary dictators are dead. And you don't need a sparkling host of weapons of mass destruction to hunt down a few terrorists. In the end, the president's thoughtless utterance, "How about Canada?" Turns out to be a savior. The clean men from the north, who live in a real welfare state with a functioning health system and a low crime rate and also play hockey even better, have always been a thorn in the side of their American neighbors. Panzer and Smiley develop a sophisticated propaganda strategy how to incite the hatred of the American people towards their friendly neighbors with the help of the media. "The American people believe what we tell them," says Smiley.

In any case, the propaganda against the neighbors not far from the Canadian border, which is spread via all television channels, falls on fertile ground not only with Sheriff Boomer and Deputy Honey. Fortifications and vigilante groups are being built up hectically. It is only thanks to the vigilance of the patriotic law enforcement officers that a CIA operation fails to blow up a hydroelectric power station in Niagara Falls by American agents disguised as Canadians. Now it seems time for Boomer, Honey and two of their friends to forestall a supposedly imminent Canadian invasion. After crossing the border into Canada at night, an escalation of violence seems inevitable ...

The American Michael Moore is one of the most colorful figures on the international film scene. He has made film history with documentary works such as "Roger & Me", "Bowling for Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 9/11". His films have always been received ambiguously. They triggered storms of enthusiasm, but also drew harsh criticism.

While the American Citizens' Terror documentaries are world famous, the fact that Michael Moore also made a feature film in 1995 is largely unknown. With Alan Alda, Kevin Pollak, Rip Torn and John Candy brilliantly cast, by Haskell Wexler ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", "This Land is My Country", "Colors"), one of Hollywood's great cameramen, elegantly photographed, Michael Moore's "Our Hostile Neighbors" is a ludicrous farce about the mechanisms of American foreign policy. All of his favorite enemies, whom he blames for the deplorable state of his home country, are targeted: from the gun lobby to the CIA, the armaments industry and television to the White House, pretty much everything in the American Middle Ages is dragged by the cocoa West is high and holy.

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