Bowling for Columbine

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General Bowling for Columbine Notes SYNOPSIS: The Academy Award winning documentary film “Bowling for Columbine” by Director Michael Moore attempts to find a reason for the Columbine High School, Colorado shootings and leads to an investigation into gun laws and gun violence. Through a series of interviews, stunts, cartoons, commentary and media pieces, we are left at the end of a blunt and revealing journey wanting the answers to the various moral and ethical questions raised. Moore travels across America and Canada to get a broad pool of opinion and not only takes the trip to find a reason for the gun violence in the first place, but he takes the long road by not blaming the usual suspects (video games, angry music, and a bloody…show more content…
EVALUATION: The documentary film “Bowling for Columbine” effectively uses the techniques of the documentary film style (like interviews and media footage etc) to present the truth that America is a country driven by terror, resulting in the ridiculous amount of firearm possession that exists in the States today. It is successful in its selection and use of media footage in that it convinces the viewer that we are manipulated by the media bombardment into being constantly pumped with fear. The film educates the responder of the shocking death toll as a result of gun –violence, which is exceptionally higher than any other free world country (USA-11127 gun deaths per year, closest to that is Germany-81 gun deaths per year.) and questions the importance and ultimately the safety of such high figures of gun possession. “Bowling for Columbine” successfully asks the question of its slogan, “Are we a nation of gun nuts? Or are we just nuts?” and leaves the viewer aching for the answer. Bowling for Columbine written and directed my Michael Moore Why is the truth manipulated in the media? 1. What is the source of the text? How may this have influenced its representation of the truth? Written and directed my Michael Moore, a left wing political activist who is fiercely anti-Bush. Moore’s other works include The Awful Truth, Adventures in a TV Nation, Stupid White Men,

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