July 03, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11 Story Keeps Getting Bigger

It is amazing to see how many words have been written about Michael Moore's film. And it is getting a lot of discussion even in areas where Bush carried the vote. Like this one written by a recent college graduate from Modesto, CA, one of the more Republican areas of California.

When the movie was over and a pit had formed in my stomach, I began to realize the historic and social importance of our time. My generation needs to see this film -- now.

Regardless of whether you agree with Moore's message, this is a film for and about young people. It's a film about jobs, college, politics and what it means to be an American in the 21st century. It's a film that can spark discussions among people of all ideologies. Most important, it recognizes some of the problems my peers and I will have to fix in the coming years.

I believe both liberals and conservatives understand that America's place in the world is not ideal. We all have a lot of work to do.

Moore's movie introduces us to young black men in Flint, Mich., who talk about the appeal of escaping high unemployment by joining the armed services. Soldiers in their early 20s recount the difficulties of life in Iraq. In those interviews -- with baby-faced men and women who look like my friends and high-school classmates -- I couldn't help but think how gravely the decisions of my parents' generation affect me.

I think this is the discussion Michael Moore wanted to start. Who wins in Bush's war and who loses. And as Michael so movingly said about those volunteer soldiers:

"They serve so that we don't have to. They offer to give up their lives so that we can be free. It is, remarkably, their gift to us. And all they ask for in return is that we never send them into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary. Will they ever trust us again?"

This election is about the future of America and this documentary makes that point loud and clear. Moore's film will affect the election no matter what the right wing does if simply because it provides some reason for younger voters to get to the polls.

Posted by Mary at July 3, 2004 09:08 PM | Media | Technorati links |


I am beginning to think that Moore's movie is going to have a greater impact than any of us could have imagined. This and your comment over at The LeftCoaster this morning show that even those on the right are impacted by it. Many will not want to be seen going to the theater to see it, but the DVD will be out in September or October. I have heard some on the right say they will get the DVD and have their friends over to watch it.

Posted by: Ron In Portland at July 3, 2004 09:31 PM

I think you are right, Ron. Here was another piece I read from Idaho where the guy really didn't like the film. And he thought it showed Moore doing what he accused the President doing: frightening Americans into getting rid of Bush.

But this is also the film at its best. The fear Moore elicits is no mistake. The movie leaves one feeling discouraged, hopeless, and overwhelmed by the struggles we face and Bush’s inadequacy in facing them.

The only possible hope left, then, is Moore’s stated aim: removing this foolish man from office. Scared witless, the country will drop Bush faster than a nest of Texas fire ants and the fat man from Flint wins another round.

People that see this film will have a hard time hanging onto the idea that Bush is the savior that the media and right wing has said he was.

Posted by: Mary at July 3, 2004 09:59 PM

I can only hope Fahrenheit 9/11 continues to build over the summer. Spiderman's really packing them in this weekend, but the hype from that film is also bringing more people to the movies in general - so Fahrenheit could see another strong weekend.

Oh I hope!!!
“As you notice, when there's a hole in the ground and a person is able to crawl into it in a country the size of California, it means we're on a scavenger hunt for terror, and find these terrorists who hide in holes is to get people coming forth to describe the location of the hole, is to give clues and data. And we're on it.” - George W. Bush

Posted by: Jalpuna! at July 3, 2004 10:50 PM

This site has some disturbing news (and loads of examples) about google searches being manipulated to display predominantly negative opinions on the movie. Scroll down to "Is this a google bomb" for a link to a site that gives step-by-step instructions how this can be achieved. Clearly the movie is seen as a threat by self-declared patriots in the US.

Posted by: lz @ serendipity at July 4, 2004 01:49 AM

Don't miss "Fahrenheit 7/17"!

Posted by: mitch at July 10, 2004 10:41 PM