Dealing with the pressures of an unhappy personal life while performing the duties of the first lady of the United States, Melania Trump was experiencing a tremendous amount of mental trauma before she chooses the take the courageous step and break free from her husband. This is the premise which ‘Melania’s divorce’ builds on, to imagine what the official statement of the first lady explaining her decision to the world would look like. Talking about the troublesome times with her husband, after the elections and his exaltation to absolute power and luxury, she says that it is difficult to live with a narcissist who cannot see anything beyond his own importance and intelligence. She says that this was not the life she wanted to live. She dedicates her life to be the voice of gender equality and to work for the disabled. She makes a promise to be accessible to anyone who reaches out to her for her help.
‘Melania’s Divorce’ is a short film directed by Maxwell Bahamon. Bahamon imagines what an official release from Melania Trump would be like if she breaks free from her husband. In recreating this scene, Bahamon casts a talented actor who nails down the mannerisms and the accent of the first lady to perfection. When she talks about her issues with her marriage and goes on to her plans for the future, the film almost sounds like the actual statement that would follow Melania’s divorce.
‘Melania’s Divorce’ is an invitation to introspect one’s own life and a wake-up call to recognize the many silent forms of abuse that we all go through, unaware. It is a warning to look beneath the outer layers of happiness, comfort and luxury to discover the underlying core of physical and hysterical abuse that gets buried to the outside world.