Thursday, February 02, 2006

 

Documenting the Current Downturn

Oil prices are higher. Gasoline prices are higher. GM is cutting 20,000 jobs. Ford is cutting 30,000 jobs and closing 14 plants. Kraft is cutting 8,000 jobs and 20 plants. Individual savings rates are the lowest since the Great Depression. The real estate industry bubble is about to burst. Our country is fighting a foreign war with no end. The world view of the U.S. is at an all-time low. The ethics of the current presidential administration are constantly being called into question. It feels like we are a country in crisis. Much in the way Michael Moore focused the nation's understanding of the political fallout of 9/11, a filmmaker needs to come along with the courage to document the current "depression" of the nation. We need a film that cuts throught the PR of the left and the right and offers a "fair and balanced" view of what's going on. Fair and balanced, remember that? Is such a film possible in our current climate? Can one be made before things get worse? Film is such a powerful force, with the ability to educate so many so quickly. Such a film would have to be devoid of "leanings" and just present the facts, as best we know them, in a clear and objective manner. We need this film. It needs star power from the left and the right. It needs to speak to the middle. Will somebody make it?

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