Film & Discussion: Bowling for Columbine
A discussion will follow the screening that is sure to touch on legislation pending in Sacramento.
Sardonic filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence in the 2002 movie Bowling for Columbine. With gun violence again in the news and national consciousness, the sponsors of the Second Saturday Documentary Series decided to return to this classic.
With his signature sense of angry humor, Moore learns that the conventional answers of easy availability of guns, violent national history, violent entertainment, and even poverty are inadequate to explain this violence when other cultures share those same factors without the equivalent carnage. In order to arrive at a possible explanation, Moore takes on a deeper examination of America's culture of fear, bigotry, and violence in a nation with widespread gun ownership. Furthermore, he seeks to investigate and confront the powerful elite political and corporate interests fanning this culture for their own unscrupulous gain.