This Divided State (2005)
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The state of Utah has long been home to the American headquarters of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (better known as the Mormons), and as befits the straight-laced lifestyle dictated by the faith, Utah tends to be a solidly conservative community and traditionally supportive of Republican candidates. However, many gained a perspective on just how conservative Utah was in September 2004, when filmmaker and leftist activist Michael Moore was invited to speak on the campus of Utah Valley State
Jul 22, 2005 Wide
Sep 27, 2005
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It's a discomfiting film, bringing up all the ugly emotion of last year's electoral shouting match, concentrated in one town in one state and in one short 88-minute film.
It lacks the substance to sustain its feature-length running time.
No matter where you stand, This Divided State has a patriotic, galvanizing effect.
The 25-year-old filmmaker takes no sides himself. Wisely, he allows folks of all opinions to put their feet in their mouths all by themselves.
The intensity of the opposition and the deep fissures it revealed in the fabric of American civil discourse are still astonishing.
If there's a weakness here, it's that there's no challenge whatsoever in making a closed-minded right-wing nutcase look crazy
The problem is that Greenstreet apparently had no idea what kind of movie he wanted to make.
Greenstreet's film works as yet another painful reminder of the death of political discourse.
A hard-hitting documentary about the heated nature of the cultural wars in America and the hallowedness of free speech.
It's a brave and highly commendable effort that's chock-full of chilling moments.
Director Steve Greenstreet captures all the hubbub on film but, while he makes the point that we are indeed a house divided, he can't quite persuade us that this particular situation is a metaphoric example of our national malaise.
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