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"Roger And Me" Essay

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What happened to Flint, Michigan in the 1980's?The purpose of documentary film is to enlighten, inform, and entertain.There are many things that come to mind when a person say the word documentary.Some of the things that come to mind are that documentaries are usually educational andare not too exciting. That is not to say that a documentary cannot be exciting, althoughdocumentaries express the facts of the topic and do not have fictional ideas to make itmore exciting. While documentary films rely on fact to present their story, not all filmsmust be a documentary to be based on a fact or true story. It can also be said thatdocumentaries are not necessarily completely true but are based primarily on reality.Some documentaries are directed more towards history or telling a story of some sort andare usually made with real people, not actors.The documentary Roger and me is a highly praised, provocative low budget filmin which Michael Moore shows how the world's richest corporation, General Motors,had destroyed Moore's hometown of Flint, Michigan , by firing 30,000 workers during atime when the company was making record Profits. Throughout the film, Moore and hiscamera crew stalk the GM Chairman from GM headquarters, to health clubs, hotels andshareholders meetings, trying to invite him to Flint, Michigan to see the results of theplant closings. Moore never does gain access to Roger Smith and has to settle for GMspokesperson, Thomas Kay.The GM motors company, founded in Flint Michigan, provided Flint with anabundance of jobs and a seemingly secure economic environment. While the executivesof GM who made this decision were not effected by these negative results, the commonman in Flint was forced to completely reconsider his lifestyle. Although GM's top dogshave enjoyed substantial economic benefits from this decision, the town of Flint has beendevastated.Flint's dependency on GM backfired and many of the laid off GM employeeshave found it nearly impossible to recover. As a result, a once comfortable town quicklyturned into one of the least desirable places in the United States to live in. While GMexecutives avoided any blame for Flint's misfortunes, saying that this is just the nature ofMajor industries, the citizens of Flint demanded...

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