"Roger and me"

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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 and

are not too exciting. That is not to say that a documentary cannot be exciting, although

documentaries express the facts of the topic and do not have fictional ideas to make it

more exciting. While documentary films rely on fact to present their story, not all films

must be a documentary to be based on a fact or true story. It can also be said that

documentaries 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 and

are usually made with real people, not actors.

The documentary Roger and me is a highly praised, provocative low budget film

in 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 a

time when the company was making record Profits. Throughout the film, Moore and his

camera crew stalk the GM Chairman from GM headquarters, to health clubs, hotels and

shareholders meetings, trying to invite him to Flint, Michigan to see the results of the

plant closings. Moore never does gain access to Roger Smith and has to settle for GM

spokesperson, Thomas Kay.

The GM motors company, founded in Flint Michigan, provided Flint with an

abundance of jobs and a seemingly secure economic environment. While the executives

of GM who made this decision were not effected by these negative results, the common

man in Flint was forced to completely reconsider his...