Collective Chaos organized what turned out to be a good mini film festival called NEW at Bangalore on February 20 to 22, 2004. Featuring films from all over the world, the festival showcased the following films:
The Son’s Room – by Nani Moretti
Ten – by Abbas Kiarostami
Blackboards – by Samira Makhmalbaf
The Man Without a Past – by Aki Kaurismaki
Bowling for Columbine – by Michael Moore
In the Mood for Love – by Wong Kar-Wai
Let’s Talk – by Ram Madhavani
Russian Ark – by Alexander Sokurov
Dancer in the Dark – by Lars Von Trier
September 11 – a collective film by 11 Directors (Samira Makhmalbaf, Claude Lelouch, Youssef Chahine, Danis Tanovic, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Ken Loach, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Amos Gitai, Mira Nair, Sean Penn, and Shohei Imamura)
But one film (at least for me) stood out from all the rest of them, and that was Michael Moore‘s Bowling for Columbine. Taking more than a “pot shot” at the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the proponents of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitutution that grants the ownership of arms for self defense to Americans, Mike uses this film to create an awareness of the gun (non)control in the US.
In his inimitable style, Mike apprises the world about the gravity of the situation in the US where the gun causes more than 11,000 deaths a year.
This film is a must watch for anybody and everybody who is interested in the sanity of our world and civilizations. While you must watch the film in its entirety, you can start with a preview, or even view some selective clips online.
Enjoy the laughs, as Mike will make you laugh with his inimitable satire… but don’t miss the message…