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The film shows the impact of Trump's plans and the treatment of people living nearby by his organization


It's safe to say that then-92-year-old Molly Forbes was far from impressed when she said she reminded Donald Trump of his Scottish-born mother.

"Then he doesn't have to have treated her very well," she says shortly before the start of director Anthony Baxter's new film "Youve Been Trumped Too".

Molly speaks from experience: Ten years ago, Trump's workers cut the water supply for then 86-year-old Molly at her home in her hometown of Aberdeenshire while they were building a luxury golf course in the area.

The grandmother and the former wartime country girl relied on fetching water in buckets from nearby streams – and when that dried out, on bottled water brought by relatives. On more than one occasion, she was left without central heating in the dead of winter.

Molly Forbes was forced to fetch water from nearby streams after Trump's workers cut the water supply for then 86-year-old Molly at her home in her hometown of Aberdeenshire

Their plight was captured by filmmaker Anthony Baxter in his 2011 film You & # 39; ve Been Trumped, which recorded the struggle of local residents who opposed the proposed construction of a giant coastal golf resort – and which led to what environmentalists thought was the destruction of old sand dunes Next to the homes of many residents – on the Menie Estate near the village of Balmedie, eight miles north of Aberdeen.

Despite attempts by Trump and his lawyers to block the film's release on the grounds of "defamation," it aired on BBC2 in 2012 – Trump threatened to sue them too – and seen by over 1.2 million viewers. It won a dozen international awards.

By then, Baxter knew that, as he put it, "this was not a story that was going to go away".

He was right: despite repeated promises, the Trump organization failed to restore Molly's water supply, while other residents who opposed Trump's golf course found a huge wall on the edge of his course blocking their ocean views.

When the then-businessman announced his offer for the presidency in June 2015, Baxter decided to make a sequel to be released in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Documentary filmmaker Anthony Baxter

Documentary filmmaker Anthony Baxter

He insisted that it should never be a political film that merely refocused its lens on the consequences of Trump's ambitious plans and the organization's treatment of the people who lived near or near them.

Even so, Baxter knew he was wooing problems: in 2010, he and his producer were briefly arrested and jailed by Scottish police for violating the peace after asking Balmedie residents questions about their construction problems.

"My producer and I were both thrown in jail for asking why Forbes' water supply was cut," he recalls.

After a public outcry, the charges were dropped and Grampain police apologized that the two officers who arrested Baxter and Richard Phinney "could have interacted more effectively with you and your colleague."

However, he admits that he couldn't have foreseen that after his documentary camera resumed, it would be almost five years for his sequel to be released: only now, half a decade after shooting – half a decade of Exhaustive Legal Threats and desperate attempts to fund enough money to find insurance – can Trumped Too finally be seen worldwide?

"When the film came out, the Trump Organization threatened any movie theater in the US that showed it, which meant the distributor would back out," says Baxter. "That meant we couldn't get the insurance we needed. Our offers were sky high." It was a long way. "

Eventually, UK-based film distribution company Journeyman Pictures has agreed to release the film worldwide – and while the footage may be nearly five years old, it remains a strong portrayal of an ongoing battle between David and Goliath that caught the imagination of the world.

"Local residents didn't ask for it – they were just normal people living their lives," says Baxter.

"They weren't environmentalists, they just cared about their community and that these priceless dunes were leveled for a golf course on the basis of promises that they believed in their hearts to be unrealistic and false."

& # 39; And they were right. The numbers don't stack up and Trump's promises turned out to be so far from the truth. "

These promises were certainly sensational: In his planning application for the land he bought in 2005, Trump claimed that his two 18-hole golf courses – in addition to a large luxury hotel, 500 private houses and around 1000 holiday homes – would create more than 6,000 jobs and bring £ 1 billion investment to Aberdeenshire.

He insisted he was emotionally invested in the area thanks to his Hebridean mother.

"She was a great woman and she loved Scotland and I think she would be very proud of what I did and I think she would be very proud of what I do," he later told the cameras.

By early 2016, however, few of those promises had come true: fewer than a hundred people were on the Trump Organization's payroll in the region – and five years after her water supply was cut, Molly Forbes was still without a safe and reliable water supply.

Donald Trump with documentary filmmaker Anthony Baxter in 2016

Donald Trump with documentary filmmaker Anthony Baxter in 2016

This time around, Trump was now running for president – which gave Baxter the opportunity to contrast footage of the billionaire against the backdrop of dazzling rallies and conventions at his race to the White House with footage of the stunning Aberdeenshire countryside and the older, but no doubt Forbes in her purple cardigan who takes care of her vegetables and quietly collects water from her local stream.

There is also other footage that excuses the sympathy of the viewer: While Donald Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. is showing trophy hunting for leopards and elephants, we see photos of young Molly brushing the tails of horses during the Second World War as a country army girl in Scotland .

Initially, however, Baxter was also granted some access to the heart of the Trump organization, which he was denied when he made his first documentary in which he was branded by Trump as "not a true journalist".

"When I was making my first film, none of the Trumps spoke to me, but when my film was on TV it suddenly changed," Baxter recalls.

I mentioned to a reporter that I would be doing a follow-up and then his attorney at the time called after completely ignoring my previous inquiries and I was invited to do an interview with DT Junior first and then with Trump himself at Trump to lead tower. & # 39;

Significantly, it's mainly the interview setup, rather than the interview itself, that shows Baxter: Trump plays with his cufflinks, checks to see if he has the best clip-on microphone, and asks which camera is the main focus on him.

"He's absolutely charming when he walks in, but as you can see at press conferences at the White House, he's only charming when he asks questions he likes – questions that upset him or when you challenge him about the facts, which he turned immediately, "said Baxter, recalling.

For all the undoubtedly emotional manipulation of the viewer's loyalty, Baxter insists that it is the facts that are at the center of the documentary.

Five years after Molly Forbes broke the aqueduct, and against the backdrop of empty promises from Trump International, Molly's son Michael – formerly branded by Trump as an animal that lived like a pig for himself – needed efforts to hold his organization accountable on his mother's behalf to pull – to personally restore their water supply.

He takes matters into his own hands and risks arrest. He digs up the broken pipe, clogged with rocks and littered with holes that allow mud from the street to contaminate and repair the water supply.

He immediately receives a letter from the Trump Organization accusing him of “hostile communications”.

"Of course the Trump Organization claimed they had the water supply sorted already – the chief greenkeeper said it would be the best water system they ever had – but it's just not true," Baxter says now.

“Forbes had problems for years, and if anyone dared to raise or report them, the Trump organization threatened to sue, even though it was the truth of what they were going through.

"Nothing you say will change the facts, and it is deeply worrying that she had to live so long in this situation where it was indeed easy to correct." It's amazing how they've handled it – they're an inspiring example of resilience and determination. "

When news of the film was released in 2016, a Trump Organization spokeswoman said: “Five years ago an unknown underground clay pipe was inadvertently interrupted by our prime contractor and was immediately repaired.

& # 39; The neighbor who shares the fountain with Forbes can confirm that their water supply was only temporarily compromised and completely fixed within a few days. Over the years, Forbes has personally dug its well, moved and broken pipes, and subsequently blamed the company.

& # 39; Last year we offered to connect both properties to our tap water system to be neighborly and although we were not required to do so.

Donald Trump is the subject of a new documentary that explores his ambitious plans for a gold resort in Aberdeenshire and the ongoing battle with local residents

Donald Trump is the subject of a new documentary that explores his ambitious plans for a gold resort in Aberdeenshire and the ongoing battle with local residents

& # 39; Due to Forbes 'unreasonable behavior and unwillingness to take responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of their fountain, Forbes' neighbor decided to be hooked up to our tap water. Mr and Mrs Forbes refused our offer to be connected to the tap water. "

Baxter says the Trump organization offered to plug them in, and Molly Forbes and Michael turned it down because it would require them to pay water fees, like their well water as it was, and not trust it.

The film also shows what happened to Balmedie-based Rohan Beyts – a retired social worker who had never received a ticket in her life – who was visited by local police after a march against Trump's development.

In front of the camera, she remembers the feeling of panic at the sight of the two uniformed officers on her doorstep. "I thought something happened to one of my children," she recalls. "I started to shiver and said," What's wrong, what happened? "

She was immediately accused of urinating in the sand dunes and said the police could immediately accuse her as they "had enough evidence".

“I wasn't on the fairway at all, I was inside the dune system that is closest to the coast. As I walked back, a station wagon jumped from the passenger side and a man with a camera came out. It seemed so ridiculous to me, ”she says.

Scottish prosecutors then dropped all charges, but Baxter points out that the episode appears small on paper and feels completely significant.

"I've always felt that what was happening in Aberdeenshire is a local example of how things can play out on a global stage," he says.

"What was particularly disturbing about Rohan's story was that when my first film aired, I thought that the fact that we filmmakers had been arrested had been released, that something like this wasn't going to happen again."

& # 39; But it did. It's shocking how Trump has treated the Forbes family over the years was deeply shocking. "

Today, 96-year-old Molly lives in a nursing home. Your domestic worries are a thing of the past.

The threat to the scenery she loves remains, however: as the film explains in a closing statement at the end, Scottish officials have not ruled out the use of significant domain or mandatory orders in the region in the future.

The film's closing credits stated in a statement from The Trump Organization that Anthony Baxter is "not a credible journalist or filmmaker" who has "spread lies and nonsense".

It is a right to reply to which they are of course entitled, and to which Baxter has his own reply. "As a reporter, all you can do is try to find out the truth – the Trump Organization may not like it," he says. "But the truth is the truth."