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Roger and Me
Date Wednesday November 03
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
midtown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway
Event Type Screening
EmailHumanistHall [at]
Film evenings begin with optional potluck refreshments and social hour at 6:30 pm,
followed by the film at 7:30 pm, followed by a discussion after the film.

by Michael Moore

This film, so funny and melancholy at the same time, chronicles the world's largest corporation, General Motors, as it turns its hometown of Flint, Michigan, into a ghost town back in 1989. In his quest to discover why GM would want to do such a thing, filmmaker Michael Moore, a Flint native, attempts to meet the CEO, Roger Smith, and invite him out for a few beers up in Flint to "talk things over." In between his efforts to see Roger Smith, Moore, the son of a Flint autoworker, takes us on a bizarre journey through Flint. The scenes from Flint are startling: there are 20,000 people standing in line to collect federal surplus cheese and butter; there are large sections of the city filled with abandoned homes and boarded up stores, looking more like a war zone than an American town; and there are 28,000 people who have lost their homes and their life savings and have packed up and headed south in search of work. With the social cost of 25% unemployment, record rates of suicide, spousal abuse, and alcoholism, Flint surpasses Miami and Detroit as the city with the highest rate of violent crime. GM had laid off 40,000 people and intended to eliminate another 10,000 in the coming years. 50% of Flint's GM workforce will have been abolished by 1989, an event of unprecedented proportion in American history. This film is both a dark comedy and a compelling indictment of an American Dream gone awry.

Wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street

$5 donations are accepted
Added to the calendar on Monday Oct 18th, 2010 5:59 PM

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