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The purpose of documentary film is to enlighten inform and entertain There are many things that come to mind when a person say the word documentary Some of the things that come to mind are that documentaries are usually educational and are not too exciting That is not to say that a documentary cannot be exciting although documentaries express the facts of the topic and do not have fictional ideas to make it more exciting While documentary films rely on fact to present their story not all films must be a documentary to be based on a fact or true story It can also be said that documentaries are not necessarily completely true but are based primarily on reality Some documentaries are directed more towards history or telling a story of some sort and are usually made with real people not actors Michael Moores documentary Bowling for Columbine is a very thought provoking film released in 2002 it takes a close look at violence in the United States today as well as throughout the countrys past In the film Moore looks into the gun culture of the United States and tries to find out why in America there are significantly more gun-related murders than other societies Moore constantly asks why America has over ten-thousand gun murders per year while other countries like Canada and Japan who have similar media cultural and societal outlooks have so many fewer gun murders He recruits people from many different walks of life to help find him answers and focuses on several small towns where schools have seen several shootings Moore incorporates different images ranging from Charlton Heston speaking to the NRA to an interview with James Nicholas of Michigan Bowling for columbine shows the good as well as the bad in relation to guns and gun control
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