Wednesday, December 22, 2004

The F9/11 DVD released in France January 10

The first reviews are good, the first online votes still controversial...

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A few Awards and tributes

In 2004, Michael Moore and F9/11 won the following :

Gotham Awards
Best Documentary

National Board of Review

They enjoyed these tributes :

MSNBC’s Top Ten list

AFI Moments of Significance Award

Rolling Stone : Michael Moore Person of the Year


You once said you considered Roger and Me a failure, because your goal for the film was to save your hometown, and that didn't happen. Do you feel the same way about Fahrenheit 9/11 now that Bush has been re-elected?

No. I mean, Bush is still in office, but the film is about the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism. Those were the original reasons I made the film. It wasn't about the election. The feeling I had after Roger and Me was different because those of us from Flint [Michigan] who made the movie felt like we had the power to change things. In this case, you know, I wasn't the candidate. I couldn't make John Kerry give a very simple answer to what he would do with this war.

Do you think a possible good outcome of Bush winning could be that more people, particularly young people, are becoming radicalized?

I'm confident that's what will happen. I hate to think that that's a good thing, because it means over the next four years some people, many people, are going to have to suffer. But, you know, my hope was that young people would get out and vote, and they voted in record numbers. I don't know why that story hasn't been told. It was the largest turnout of eighteen- to twenty-nine-year-olds since eighteen-year-olds were given the vote in '72. And it was the only age group where Kerry got the majority.

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Moore denies he hurt Kerry’s campaign

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - “Fahrenheit 9/11” director Michael Moore Monday rejected the idea that Hollywood had hurt John Kerry’s chances of winning the White House, insisting that he and other entertainers helped spare Democrats an even bigger defeat.

“For the last month, we’ve had to listen to a lot of conservative pundits talk about how Democrats need to run away from Hollywood,” Moore said. “It’s actually the opposite. Democrats need to embrace Hollywood because this is where they need to come to learn how to tell a story.”

In the final analysis, Moore said, Democratic presidential nominee Kerry was “not the best candidate.” President Bush “had a more compelling story to tell and the Democrats didn’t, and that has to change.”

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Michael Moore wants mother of dead soldier in next movie

Controversial documentary maker will visit Rose Gentle’s home in Glasgow


THE scourge of American neo-Conservatives is to visit a Scottish council house in the latest phase of his campaign to vilify the most powerful man on earth.

US film-maker Michael Moore, whose anti-President Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 polarised opinion across the globe, is to film part of his follow-up in Glasgow, where he will interview the mother of a Scots soldier killed in Iraq.

Rose Gentle, the mother of Gordon Gentle, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Basra in June, has been approached by Moore’s team and agreed to be interviewed for Fahrenheit 9/11 1/2.

Gentle has emerged as one of the most trenchant critics of the Iraq war since the death of her 19-year-old son, who served with the Royal Highland Fusiliers.

She told Scotland on Sunday that she had been contacted by a US-based associate of Moore, who had asked her to tell the director about her details and the story of her son, ahead of Moore coming to Scotland to speak to her.

Gentle, who lives with her husband in their terraced council home in Pollok where her only son grew up, said she had been surprised by the approach from the world-famous film-maker.

She said: "It was a bit of a shock, actually. Michael Moore asked [an assistant called] Dante to ask me to send a letter through e-mail to him explaining about Gordon and everything."I can’t believe I have been in touch with Michael Moore. Now we’re just waiting to hear about dates and arrangements."We don’t know when exactly the filming will take place. Some time next year, is the plan so far. We’ll know about dates after Christmas and the New Year."

Gentle added that she had been extremely impressed by Moore’s controversial film on Bush and the September 11 tragedy, which sparked huge international controversy.

She said: "I watched his film and the truth was out in that film. So if people watched that film they would know the truth. I have been showing it around Pollok."

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It's Time to Stop Being Hit...a letter from Michael Moore

Dear Friends,

It is no surprise that the Republicans are sore winners. They have spent the better part of the past month beating their chests, threatening to send to Siberia any Republican who doesn’t toe the line (poor Arlen Specter), and promising everything short of martial law if the Democrats don’t do what they are told.

What’s worse is to watch the pathetic sight of the DLC (the conservative, pro-corporate group of Democrats) apologizing for being Democrats and promising to “purge” the party of the likes of, well, all of US! Their comments are so hilarious and really not even worth recognizing but the media is paying so much attention to them, I thought it might be worth doing a little reality check.

The most people the DLC is able to get out to an event of theirs is about 200 at their annual dinner (where you have to pay thousands of dollars to get in).

Contrast this with the following:

*Total members of Move On: More than 2,000,000
*Total Attendance at Vote for Change Concerts: An estimated 280,000
*Total Union Members in U.S.: Around 16,000,000
*Total Number of People Who Have Seen “Fahrenheit 9/11”: Over 50 million
*Total number of you reading this: Perhaps 10 million or more

The days of trying to move the Democratic Party to the right are over. We lost a very close election (a one-state difference) by running the #1 liberal in the Senate. Not bad. The country is shifting in our direction, not to the right. But the country was attacked and people were scared. They were manipulated with fear. And America has never thrown a sitting president out during wartime. That’s the facts. Oh, and our candidate could have run a better campaign (but we’ll have that discussion another day).

In the meantime, while we reflect on what went wrong, I would like to pass on to you an essay that a friend who works with abuse victims sent to me. It was written by a woman who has spent years working as an advocate for victims of domestic abuse and she sees many parallels between her work and the reaction of many Democrats to last month’s election. Her name is Mel Giles and here is what she had to say…

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004 | Iraqi troops 'not up to job' (December 22, 2004) | Iraqi troops 'not up to job' (December 22, 2004): "AN exasperated President George W. Bush has admitted that Iraqi troops are not up to the job of keeping order in the war-torn country.

Mr Bush said it was unacceptable that some Iraqi units had deserted rather than fight and warned of how insurgent violence was beginning to have an effect ahead of elections planned for January 30.

But the President backed embattled Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, saying he may have a 'rough and gruff' exterior but was really a caring man with a big heart.

Mr Rumsfeld has been under fire from prominent Republican congressmen who are unhappy with the worsening mess in Iraq.
A Gallup poll for CNN and USA Today showed 52 per cent of Americans wanted Mr Rumsfeld to resign and 36 per cent thought he should stay."

By Phillip Coorey in New York