Monday, June 28, 2004

How hot is the "Fahrenheit 9/11"?

Did you watch 'Farenheit 9/11' directed by documentary filmaker Michael Moore? Why it become so popular and become the hottest topic of the discussion? More surprisingly, this documentary took in a whopping $21.8 million in its first three days, becoming the first documentary ever to debut as Hollywood's top weekend film.

What is the attractive of this documentary? Besides the outspokenly Michael Moore assault the president Bush for his war on terror and in Iraq, this movie also win the Best Film award at Cannes Film Festival last month.

Another surprise is even this movie already been discussed for its impacts on the coming US Presidential Election. Political analysts start to think and find out whether the movie can change the voters' mind.

Some political analysts say Moore won't make many converts. Moore "communicates to that far-left sliver that would never vote for Bush, even if there was an election on the moon," says Scott Reed, a Republican strategist who managed Bob Dole's 1996 campaign.

The film "will turn Bush-haters into bigger Bush-haters," says Jack Pitney, a professor of government at California's Claremont McKenna College. "But swing voters may not even be interested in this subject, and Republicans don't want to turn any money over to Michael Moore."

Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist, says the savage portrayal of Bush "could convince some Naderites" of the need to vote for Kerry. Moore, who backed Nader's independent candidacy in 2000, says that's one goal. "I hope to have a significant impact on the 4-6% who now say they're going to vote for Ralph," he says.

How far is the impact of the movie to the people? I think sometime we need to be more realistic that movie is become an entertainment that people pay money and get some excitement or even have some leisure. It's nothing to do whether it can change the people mind or not. There are so many movies made by Hollywood who may support the US super power. It may already deep rooted in people minds. The hegemony of the US films to the people around the world is not something new.

Of course, we welcome directors like Michael Moore can produce more meaningful and critical documentary. This is their responsibilities to serve the people with their knowledge and skills.

More importantly, the audience should be more critical when they watched the movie made by Hollywood or who ever in the world. You may say it's only a movie, don't need to be such serious. Then I'll tell you, you don't take it serious because you already give up yourselves to those people to control over you.

Let's us always keep our mind clear!