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Madonna brings movie to Michigan

Madonna with Michael Moore
Madonna presented her documentary at Moore's festival on Saturday

Pop singer Madonna has presented I Am Because We Are, her documentary about Malawi orphans, at the Traverse City film festival in northern Michigan.

The musician turned film producer was met at the screening by director and fellow Michigan native, Michael Moore.

Madonna, who was born in Bay City in 1958, said it was "great bringing my movie to a place that I feel familiar".

"There's something poetic about coming back to the place where I used to come for holidays," she continued.

Madonna was accompanied by her 11-year-old daughter, Lourdes, and the film's director, Nathan Rissman.

Her husband, British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, was not present.

'Generous spirit'

Moore, who co-founded the film festival in 2005, said Madonna had "such an incredible heart and such a generous spirit".

"She does so much out of the glare of the lights to make the world a better place," the Bowling for Columbine director continued.

The singer returned the compliment, saying she needed people like Moore in her life. "There aren't a lot of role models for us in the world," she said.

She also said the event in Traverse City was better than the Cannes Film Festival, "where nobody's speaking English".

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