Bush urged to see Fahrenheit 9/11

A group of military and 9/11 survivor families is calling on President Bush and the entire federal enclave in Washington, D.C., to view Michael Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11.

The film, while highly critical of the Bush administration, focuses on some of the key issues confronting the country at this juncture in its history.

Nancy Lessin is a member of Military Families Speak Out. She told the Associated Press: “What we want to say is how important Michael Moore’s movie is…in bringing back the ability to have a dialogue about the issues surrounding the war.”

Ivan Medina, an ex-Marine and Iraq vet from Middletown, N.Y., whose brother, Irving, was killed there, added: “What we’re trying to do here is to tell the administration … not only to see it, but then come out … and explain why this happened, why we went to Iraq and why 9/11 happened.”

Moore’s movie took in $23.9 million on the first weekend it was shown. Although it was given the top award for a documentary at the Cannes Film Festival in May, it has predictably generated controversy. Disney, the original owner of the film, would not distribute it. Other means of distribution were found, and now several Republican-oriented theater owners are refusing to show the film or are restricting its showing to only a very few venues.

In the very heavily Republican area around Philadelphia, the movie is being shown on only a handful of the several hundred available screens. Conservatives have attacked Moore’s effort as inaccurate, and Disney plans a flag-waving, feel-good film to counter it.

April Gallop, an employee of the Pentagon who was injured in the attacks on 9/11, is puzzled at the conservative attitude. “I’m disappointed that the movie would be attacked just because (Moore) wants to consider the questions,” she said.

Moore said the issues he raises in his film will be confronting the country next year, no matter who is in the White House.

Source: the Associated Press

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