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Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11

            In 2004, documentarian Michael Moore debuted his film "Fahrenheit 9/11," a powerful, controversial documentary of the Bush Administration before, during and after September 11, 2001. It presents a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush, the War on Terrorism, and its coverage in the American news media. To many, "Fahrenheit 9/11" is a fact-based account of what happened in Washington during this turbulent, and guarded, period in American history. And to others, it's a one-sided, delusional piece of political propaganda. .
             Michael Moore is an American filmmaker, author, social critic and liberal activist, who became involved in creating various takes on political wrongdoings through audio and visual media like music videos, fictional films and comprehensive documentaries. Through these, he is able to communicate his perspective on the political and economic figures of the country, who often dislike him because they find his creations offensive. He directed and produced "Fahrenheit 9/11" in 2004, which is the highest-grossing documentary of all time and winner of the Palme d'Or. The controversy in this movie has greatly influenced the view of American society towards their government and the military efforts of war. .
             Throughout his movie, Moore aims to present a negative view of President Bush. The film's conclusions are reached through a mixture of firm evidence, interesting information and moving scenes. The movie even features unseen footage of American soldiers humiliating Iraqi soldiers as well as mothers (American and Iraqi) grieving over lost members of their families. Firstly, Moore begins with the presidential election in 2000, underlining the fact that Bush's election was not exactly fair: he suggests the handling of the voting controversy in Florida constituted election fraud in favor of George W. Bush. Then, instead of showing us the September 11 attacks on screen, Moore leaves a blank screen with the sounds of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center, and then shows us the terrified faces in the streets of Manhattan, witnessing the horror.

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