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Roger & Me to mark 25 years at Toronto film festival

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

 
moore167331 fullMichael Moore will mark the 25th anniversary of his documentary "Roger & Me" with a special screening during the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
 
The movie, which laid bare the devastation in Mr. Moore’s hometown of Flint, Mich., after General Motors abandoned the city, won the People's Choice Award at TIFF where it premiered. 
 
The filmmaker, who would later win an Oscar for his 2002 documentary "Bowling for Columbine," calls the anniversary a bittersweet milestone. 
 
"On the one hand, the film has affected the millions who've seen it and it has strongly influenced what is a now-thriving documentary movement," Mr. Moore said in a press release.
 
"The fact that 'Roger & Me' is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago is a travesty. Actually, it’s more than that. At least in 1989, there were still 50,000 General Motors jobs left in Flint. Today, there are but 4,000 GM jobs that remain in Flint, the birthplace of General Motors."
 
Roger B. Smith, GM chairman and CEO and the name of the title, died in November 2007. 
 
Mr. Moore will introduce the special screening off the documentary and also kick off the TIFF Doc Conference with a conversation moderated by programmer Thom Powers. The festival will be Sept. 4-14, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release a special 25th Blu-ray edition, DVD and digital HD on Oct. 7.
 
See tiff.net/festival for ticket packages (titles still to come), an application to volunteer and other details.

 

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