Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fahrenheit 9/11 – a must!

It took me a long time to post a review about one of my very few all-time favourite documentaries. Among the chosen ones, “Fahrenheit 9/11” stands tall.Fahrenheit 9/11 is an award-winning 2004 documentary film by American filmmaker Michael Moore. The film takes a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush, the War on Terrorism, and its coverage in the American news media. The film holds the record for highest box office receipts by a general release political film.

In the film, Moore contends that American corporate media were "cheerleaders" for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and did not provide an accurate and objective analysis of the rationale for the war or the resulting casualties there. The film's attack on the Bush administration generated much controversy around the time of the film's release, including disputes over its accuracy. In response, Moore published an extensive list of facts and sources for the film on his website.
The film debuted at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival in the documentary film category and was awarded the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm), the festival's highest award.
The film had a general release in the United States and Canada on June 23, 2004. Sony reported first-day DVD sales of two million copies, again a new record for the genre.
A must see, highly recommended for those who are yet to watch this masterpiece. The film is a lesson for budding journalists, an awesome case study for upcoming film makers.

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