BillyBreen (billybreen) wrote,

Fahrenheit 9/11

J and I just got back from seeing 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' and it's difficult to describe the impact. After seeing it, I feel very strongly that by dismissing this movie as election year propaganda, you are doing yourself a terrible disservice. Yes, Moore is advancing a thesis that Bush is unfit to lead, but the video testimony of Iraqi and American families who lost loved ones in the war is incontrovertible and exteremly disturbing. Even if you reject every point raised by Moore about Bush's ineptitude and corruption, you shouldn't deny yourself a chance to gain some small understanding for the true cost of the war.

We saw 'Control Room' last weekend, and I would strongly recommend that as well. It has gotten significantly less attention than Fahrenheit 9/11, but it provides a similarly gripping view of the Iraq war from the perspective of Al Jazeera reporters. Interspersed with Rumsfeld's characterizations of Al Jazeera reporting, the humane and honest depiction of the difficulties of reporting on the war provides a jarring depiction of the gulf between East and West.

Yeah, the next movie we see better be something brainless like 'Dodgeball.' All these heavy movies are getting me down.
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