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Bowling for Columbine

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Original title
Bowling for Columbine
Running time
120 min.
United States United States
Michael Moore
Jeff Gibbs, Varios
Co-production United States-Canada; Dog Eat Dog Films / Alliance Atlantis Communications
Synopsis / Plot
The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humour, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed. In doing so, he learns that the conventional answers of easy availability of guns, violent national history, violent entertainment and even poverty are inadequate to explain this violence when other cultures share those same factors without the equivalent carnage. In order to arrive at a possible explanation, Michael Moore takes on a deeper examination of America's culture of fear, bigotry and violence in a nation with widespread gun ownership. Furthermore, he seeks to investigate and confront the powerful elite political and corporate interests fanning this culture for their own unscrupulous gain.
2002: Oscar: Best Documentary
2002: César: Best Foreign Language Picture
2002: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
2002: National Board Of Review: Best Documentary
2002: Toronto: Best Documentary
2002: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Documentary Feature
2002: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Documentary
2002: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Documentary
2002: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Documentary
2002: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Documentary
2002: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Screenplay
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