Yesterday I went to see “Fahrenheit 9/11” at the Tsuchinski cinema with Zo√´ and Maarten.
Bought the tickets ages ago, long before Path√© decided to show the movie in my regular spot Path√© de Munt. [Although I do like the Tsuchinski, it’s 1920’s decor is cool, de Munt just feels more like a modern cinema. and you can use a ‘machine’ to buy/pick up tickets, making it faster than queueing]
Path√© expanded the showing to the other Amsterdam cinemas because of the large turnout to their sneak previews.
What do I think of the film?
Well, it is definitely partisan. Although I feel that a lot is omitted that can be used as a stick to beat Bush with. None of the UN displasy of real-politic were shown. [The time where the US was presenting a case about Aluminum Rods being used for nuclear weapons and then directly followed by the IAEA saying ‘nonsense’. Or the famous Rumsfeld quote
As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don’t know
We don’t know.
There was also a lot of human interest in the movie. Sometimes to excess. But it does bring home the reality of war when a greiving mother is bent double in tears begging to have her son returned to life.
Wars are always dirty, nasty, painfull and horrific. But they are sometimes necessary.
This movie is questioning the neccessity of the war in Iraq.
It also questions the motives of the people at-the-top that championed the war.
Unfortunately the emerging UN ‘oil-for-food’ program scandal, where Haliburton [under CEO Dick Cheney], and others, bribed UN officials to ‘get-around’ sanctions is ommitted.
But as it is new I had to expect that.
[Actually that is an interesting thing. Haliburton bribes a UN official, the official gets it in the ass, but Haliburton walks away without a scratch … ? I wonder why? Could it be because the bribe happened when Dick Cheney was CEO? I always thought that both parties in a bribe where considered bad people.]
The thing is, I question wether the movie will affect anything. It is no doubt preaching to the converted. The people that need to see the movie are the least likely to see it. They have already made up their minds as to what the movie contains.
And even Liberal commentators in the US are criticising the movie. Why. Because it uses the same popularist tricks that the right wing in America use to win hearts and minds. i.e. emotive imagery, singular perspective etc. I personally think it is about time someone on the left in the US started to do this. It is effective. Look at how the right has gained so much power using these self-same tricks in the past 7 years. [I find it amusing the right-wing is criticising the style of Michael Moore when he seems to emulate the best of their own.]
I am hoping the Repulicans lose control of the Whitehouse come November. And I hope the neoCons lose control of the Repulican party, so that real consevative politics can reassert itself.
We will have to wait and see …