One of the most controversial documentarians of the past two decades has been Michael Moore. Moore was once a transformative figure for the genre. His documentaries are expert op-eds, including “Roger and Me” and “Bowling for Columbine.” His landmark film, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” won the Palme D’Or at Cannes in 2004. However, since that time, many on the right have demonized Moore for his various documentaries, moving him further to the left in the process. However, for Moore fans, he continually delivers a quality product. This fall, “Fahrenheit 11/9” looks to understand the Trump era and the mid terms. Today, we received the first trailer for his upcoming feature.
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) August 9, 2018
The trailer comes to us from the Huffington Post Twitter feed, and feature much of what we expect from Moore. Many of his biggest causes are brought forth, including grassroots movements, gun violence, and the city of Flint, Michigan. Of course, all of Moore’s issues deserve to be in the news. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a transcendent political figure, one who seems likely to take the mantle from progressive socialism after Bernie Sanders retires. The shooting in Parkland, Florida remains in the news, as David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez have become outspoken advocates. The water in Flint is still undrinkable.
All of this together feels like a perfect storm for Moore to bring into the limelight. While the reception of his documentary is likely to be met with partisanship, there’s no doubt that he can continue to fire up the Democratic base. With the midterms only weeks after the release of the film, this is likely what he has in mind.