Moore Meets Pahor, Stresses Importance of Common Good
Ljubljana, 15 April - US filmmaker Michael Moore, who has been shooting some scenes for his new documentary in Slovenia, was received by President Borut Pahor in Ljubljana on Wednesday. Moore, who described Pahor as supporter of the common good, told the press he had come to Slovenia "to take something from you that we need as Americans".
The director of Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 shot some scenes for his new documentary at Ljubljana Faculty of Economics on Tuesday, said he had planned to visit to Slovenia already years ago and now came to "take something from you that we need as Americans".
"I was very interested in how it is that this small nation is able to take care of its people in a way that is kind and fair," he said, stressing Slovenia had no oil or other resources and did so much for the people anyway. "Certainly we as Americans could aspire to do some of that too."
He was already interested in the Slovenian healthcare system when he shot his 2007 film "Sicko" and while he denied his emerging documentary being about the education system, Moore compared Slovenia's free system to the US's where students "graduate from university with a debt of 20,000, 40,000 or 100,000 dollars".
"Why should we send 22-year-olds into the world with debts like that. To me it does not seem like a good idea," Moore said, noting that education had been more accessible in the US when he was young.
Commenting on the meeting with Pahor, he said he met the president's goldfish Princess I, who he said told him to believe everything the president says.
Moore said he liked Pahor, who "knew all of my movies" and also because he had the right values and was in favour of the common good.
"What I saw in your president is what I've seen in Slovenians all week - a belief that we're all in the same boat and what we always have to do is think about the common good, not so that a few people can succeed and everyone else has to struggle to survive."