The President’s Mother

Mon 16 Sept

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The Mary Anne MacLeod Story….

The President’s Mother follows the journey of Mary Anne MacLeod, from a poverty-stricken upbringing on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, to her marriage to one of the wealthiest property development families in New York.

It delivers a personal portrait of the woman who was to be the mother of a future President – Donald John Trump: the most powerful man in the world.

Journalist Torcuil Crichton presents the remarkable tale of one woman’s unlikely rise out of the poverty that surrounded her; with access to unique archive, photographs and correspondence, and intimate interviews from her childhood village of Tong.

The influence Mary Anne had on her son, how she was part of the great wave of American immigration, and where this leaves the 45th President of the United States, are all explored in the film shot on location in Washington, New York, Queens, London, and the Scottish Hebrides.

Also running like a thread throughout the documentary is the story of a very special friendship between Mary Anne and Agnes Stiven, her teenage pen-pal from Dundee.

The strong bond, the separation cause by the war, and the re-union of two lifelong friends as they each approached their final furlong, is told by Cathy Brett, an artist and illustrator who has been inspired by the incredible life of her grand-mother Agnes.

The enduring power of this special friendship provides a powerful emotional spine that gives viewers a direct insight into the great European migration of the early 20th century and the modern-day America that Mary Anne MacLeod played such an important part in shaping.

The President’s Mother is funded by MG ALBA, with international co-funding support from TG4, Ireland.