Moore to document world financial crisis
Michael Moore is set to deliver a documentary looking into the world's financial crisis and exposing the truth behind the events, or the truth as Michael Moore and his team see it.
The as yet untitled documentary has been announced for a release on October the 2nd and will look into the root causes of the economic crisis as well as the behind the scenes moves and deals in the corporate and political arenas.
What isn't so clear in the story is exactly what the film will be focusing on, and so far it looks like it will be the American economy and businesses rather than the complete world picture, something which is probably far too big to be dealt with in a film under two hours, under a week if you ask me.
Moore seems to apportion blame straight to the source with his comment in The Hollywood Reporter:
"The wealthy, at some point, decided they didn't have enough wealth...So they systematically set out to fleece the American people."
Well it's the wealthy to blame then. Well I can't really speak for America, but here in the UK I work in the financial industry, and much of this has been soul destroying for those really working behind the scenes, and we're just not allowed to talk about it.
Things aren't as bad as they are portrayed in the media, and the media are hugely responsible for increasing the focus and impact of the issue, even this report says such things as "meltdown", "collapse of the world economy", and other hugely dramatic phrases.
Well I'm sitting here thinking it's not half as bad as it was made out, and the world economy has not melted down but seems to be moving forward, slowly and painfully, but it's not destroyed.
What bothers me about Michael Moore running this documentary is that he'll have to find some big bad guys to make the enemy of the piece, and here there are many bad guys, but through decisions of varying degrees of premeditation. For instance the UK Prime Minister selling all of the UK's Gold reserves at the worst price of Gold ever to ensure the economy kept going and then instigating the market where financial institutions should lend money to people and business right left and centre. Oh, and that was all before any crisis hit.
There are easy, publicly announced targets, and then there are the real causes, the causes which should be researched without emotion or predetermined need for a bad guy.
The other issue is the sheer scope of the film, surely the documentary isn't going to look at the entire world economy, political and corporate situation? Moore's quote suggests America only, whereas the CEO of one of the companies behind the film says that this is a film that...
"...everyone can relate to..."
Relate maybe, but it won't be investigating the issues of other world economic crashes, or will it, and if it does is it going to devote the time and unbiased investigation to them or are we going to end up with a witch hunt?
It's funny, I loved Michael Moore's documentaries when they are about topics I have no involvement in, but now it comes to an area I have a personal stake in, I'm a little concerned.