Sevnica, the small medieval town in Slovenia where new First Lady Melania Trump grew up, is officially open for business. Her homeland couldn’t be further removed from her husband’s vision for America when it comes to healthcare, education and environment (the former Yugoslav republic consistently scores high marks for its environmental protections); but Slovenians across the country are embracing The Donald and hoping his presidency will lead to Slovenia becoming Europe’s next tourist hotspot. Already, there are Melania pastries, Melania pancakes, Melania salami, Melania wine and rumors of Melania lingerie.
At the very least, Slovenians are hoping everyone will stop confusing them with Slovakia, a country that might have a similar pronunciation but that doesn’t even touch its borders — its capital cities a good four-hour drive from each other. For the record, Slovenia is nestled between Austria to the north, Hungary to the east, Croatia to the south and Italy and the Mediterranean to the west. A few other random Slovenian factoids, per the CIA Factbook: Its population is just under 2 million; it’s among the wealthiest nations in central Europe; its slightly smaller in size than New Jersey; its women live, on average, to 82; and lead and zinc smelting are major industries.
On Election Night, MEL Films happened to be in the neighborhood, and after Trump’s victory became assured, we decided to pack up and head to the birthplace of the most mysterious First Lady in recent memory. Over the next two weeks, we watched her fellow countrymen and women experience the biggest story to ever come out of a place that had otherwise been completely under the radar — probably for the last time.
See our full film, First Ladyland, by clicking on the image above or clicking here.
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