Sunday, September 12, 2004

India : Kerala welcomes Fahrenheit 9/11

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: American film maker Michael Moore's controversial and award-winning documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 was screened to a packed hall here on Saturday evening with several viewers remarking on its relevance for India.

The nearly two-hour-long documentary, which won the Golden Palm for the best film at the Cannes Film Festival this year, is a scathing comment on president George Bush's handling of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the subsequent US-led coalition forces' offensives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The film, which was applauded at the end by several viewers, has been available so far only on pirated CDs. This was the first public screening of the documentary here, organised by a local voluntary organisation Mediact, to mark the third anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Talking about Mediact's decision to screen the film, organisation president P K Nair told UNI that apart from the topicality of the documentary, what interested him was its relevance for the developing countries in general.

''The issues raised by Michael Moore are very relevant to our people and our society. This is not something that is happening in a far-off place. This is having an impact on us. Apart from the rise in oil prices, the brunt of which we are facing in our daily lives, the war in Iraq shows how far some countries can go to keep the other parts of the world in hunger and want, so that they can control resources like oil,'' he added.


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