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51. Michael Moore: Exposing the Truth
There is perhaps no other director in the
film industry that is more controversial than Michael
. Moore's specialty is exposure. He loves to expose
issues. He is a political activist, and a
critic. His films have a way of eliciting
Moore was born in Flint, Michigan
1954. His father was an assembly-line worker at
General Motors, an automobile-manufacturing plant; his mother was
secretary. He attended the University of Michigan, Flint
, where he dropped out after his first year.
found work as a journalist with a couple
different local publications, but was fired from one
his jobs because of a controversy. Moore wanted
run a story about American involvement in Nicaragua,
his editors refused, which led to his dismissal.
was awarded $58,000 in an out-of-court settlement after
sued his employers.
Moore used the money to
making documentaries. His first was "Roger & Me,"
was a piece designed to expose GM's closure
the Flint plant and its decision to open
plant in Mexico, where wages were much lower.
film exposes the greed corporations like GM cutting
the lifeline of many American workers so that
could make more profit. GM had reported record
before the closure, which irritated Moore greatly.
this film with a string of documentaries that
on many of the social and political problems
face daily. His film "Fahrenheit 9/11," probes the
of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United
in 2001. He is not kind to the
W. Bush administration for their lack of response
the attacks, and to the Bush family's alleged
to Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the