Pizza/Movie night: "WHERE TO INVADE NEXT"

Where to Invade Next” is Michael Moore’s latest film. His film, Bowling for Columbine (2002), which examines the causes of the Columbine High School massacre, won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature. He is the director and producer of Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush and the War on Terror, which is the highest-grossing documentary –enough truth in it to make you squirm and consider what went wrong. Every country has problems, many of them very serious. Both Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko (2007), which examines health care in the United States, are among the top ten highest-grossing documentaries.

Michael Moore’s latest documentary, Where to Invade Next is double-sided. On one side is a happy, harmonious land of productive people. On the other is a world of misery, anxiety, war and greed.

As Mr. Moore “invades” one country and then the next, beginning in Italy and ending in Iceland, you begin to suspect that heaven on earth is anywhere but in America — unless, of course, you belong to the top 1 percent.

Where to Invade Next is really a fairy tale with a moral. As Mr. Moore visits European schools, workplaces, hospitals and prisons, “the movie builds into some cri de Coeur about America’s weakening social contract: the widening inequality gap, the disappearing middle class and a military-based economy. A “land of we,” one talking head remarks, has transformed into a “land of me.”

At the beginning of the film, Mr. Moore fantasizes being summoned for advice by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, whose members, he imagines, are perplexed by America’s having lost so many wars since World War II. Oh, what to do? Although he doesn’t try to answer that question, the movie strongly implies that funding America’s military is starving the country of money that would be better devoted to humanitarian endeavors. With a camera crew in tow, he tours Europe, with a side trip to Tunisia, looking for solutions to our social ills that he can bring back home.

This film, along with all of Moore’s films, stirs us to think and reflect on how our country is involved in making decisions and how it impacts so many of our lives.

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