Monday, September 27, 2004

Staunton : College Dems try to heat up election with 'Fahrenheit' showings

When student Democrats at Mary Baldwin College were thinking of ways to get out the vote, they decided the controversial documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" could best light a fire under potential voters.

The film will be shown on campus tonight and every night through Oct. 3 as part of a week of free films, moderated discussions and voter registration, dubbed "An Alternative Viewpoint," organized by students, faculty and alumnae.

"It's not designed as entertainment or for fun," said Danica Jamison, a Mary Baldwin alumna who helped pay for the film. "It's to engage people politically and getting them to look at alternative media sources."

Organizers chose "Fahrenheit 9/11" because its creator, Michael Moore, tries to convince people that the Bush Administration used the 2001 terrorist attacks to push forward its own agenda.

Organizers realize they probably won't sway any stalwart Bush supporters, but they hope to get people, particularly young people, talking about and voting in the presidential election.

"It's been talked about so much and received international attention," Jamison said. "It's a fascinating film to see and talk about."

Organizers said they welcome all viewpoints. Moderators will guide discussions but not participate in the debates.

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