Thursday, September 23, 2004

Zimbabwe : A deeper look at George W Bush in Fahrenheit 9/11

The Mansfield Hall was fairly full
Photo: Sthembile Gasa
More than 50 students and staff attended the screening of the controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 at Mansfield Hall, despite it being cancelled at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) last Thursday, just minutes before the screening.

At UKZN the screening of the documentary was cancelled shortly before it was meant to start, after the film’s distributors threatened to take legal action against them.

Pritz Dullay, co-ordinator of the College Lecture Programme, said the movie could possibly be stopped, but he was prepared to show another movie about Nelson Mandela if that happened. He added that he understood it was not the movie the audience came to watch.

However, there were no hiccups as the largest audience attendance for a College Lecture Programme, watched the much awaited, Michael Moore documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11. He directed produced and wrote the script for the documentary, which showed an in-depth view of Bush and his administration.

The documentary shows where Bush was during the 9/11 attacks as well as his actions and reactions to the invasion. It also shows how he convinced the American people to believe that Iraq was a threat, but not really following up on the Saudi connection to the 9/11 attacks. The reactions of family members of soldiers that went to Iraq and Moore showed how the poor are the first people to go to war, yet congressmen will not sign their children into the army.

We wanted to show that Bush’s war was illegitimate. What we want people to take away after watching the movie is not to accept what they see on TV as the truth. They can help if they join an anti-war groupings and protests.

-Mandisa Mbali, an activist responsible for bringing Fahrenheit 9/11 to DIT
Candice Osler, a first year video technology student, said, “It was an excellent movie because it showed a new side to the whole America verse Iraq. Michael Moore was very thorough. It was relevant and shocking. It gets five stars.”

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