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Fahrenheit 9/11
Fahrenheit 9/11 features interviews with parents of soldiers killed in Iraq
Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 has proved to be an explosive piece of film-making, dividing audiences across the United States and provoking controversy in the UK, where it opens on Friday.

BBC News Online asked two users with very different views of the film to review the documentary.


Kendra Preston , Chicago, USA
What a film! I swear every theatre across Chicago was sold-out for each showing.

Once I was finally in the theatre, the audience's enthusiasm and emotion resounded.

It was unlike anything I have ever before witnessed at the movie theatre, extraordinarily speaking for a documentary film.

I have never heard so many outbursts of clapping and cheering or outrage and anger.

This film seemed to bring out all sides of the emotional spectrum. Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 really presented a refreshing point of view with different ideas and an unveiling of pertinent facts that had mostly been hidden/covered-up from the general public.

I always find it stunning when I hear revealing facts about governments and persons in politics, in general, just as they are presented here about Bush and his administration.

So, of course, it is biased! It is meant to be! Moore is simply telling a different version of history from a different perspective, a liberal point of view which is most often buried.

Moore has chosen to state his biases forthright in his version of history.

At least he has the guts to expose his ideas and get the globe thinking and reacting. Besides, someone has to cause controversy. It is what keeps society progressing and improving!

Brant Hahn, Albuquerque, USA
Attending the film on opening night, I was hoping that Moore's film would reveal new condemning information about Bush and his administration.

Sparing that, I would have settled with a recap of the well known misadventures of the Bush Administration. Unfortunately, the film fails to deliver anything except an impassioned piece of propaganda.

What disturbed me the most was that I went in with a hatred for Bush and left with something approaching mild respect (what has Moore done?!).

The film is filled with such wild accusations, major doses of editing, personal attacks on Bush, and a complete disregard for the truth that the film cannot help but make you dismiss some of the claims...even the legitimate ones.

Take, for example, the horribly misleading scene with Iraqi children playing in the bright sunshine with kites insinuating that Iraq was a paradise. This was over-the-top, but then Moore adds the voice over about how Iraq had never tried to kill US citizens or attacked the US any way.

Obviously, Moore must have forgotten the first Gulf War, regularly firing on coalition aircraft.

The best line in the film is when Moore directly asks President Bush a question and Bush responds "Find a real job". I just hope the film does not push those on the fence to the right instead of the left - shame on you Moore!




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