So, tonight, I went to go see Farenheit 9/11. I got two buddies that I went to high school with and we all went together. Before we went to the show, however, we went to a middle eastern restaurant, one of the few ethnic restaurants here. While I was sitting inside, I was just waiting for one of them to drop a bombshell about the middle east or the people there, but that didnt happen. Slight tangent on why I was waiting for that.
Two days prior I was out with my older brother to eat, and we got to talking about the F911 movie. And then we started talking about voting and he asked me if I was going to vote in the presidential elections...I said no. He responded that that was why he couldnt stand people like me becasue we "talk about all this change and then dont even vote." Then I decided to go into it about the whole two-party voting system and how there really isnt a choice when you vote, you get basically the same thing. I told him some of the Kerry flaws and some other things about war and we talked about the possible draft.
He said, "if my country drafted me I would go fight." I asked him if he really meant that and he responded with the bmbshell: "I will kill all of those sandniggers." That was what I didnt want to hear, and that set me apart from my brother alot, I cant imagine how our lives are so skewed. It is just insane. So, in that vein, I was hoping that neither of thes epeople would say something like that...and gladly they didnt. It was an enjoyable meal.
Then we went to the theatre, it was pretty empty in there when we arrived. But slowly, it filled. And it filled with the most unlikely crowd. I saw typical movie goers, the girls that all look sixteen even though sixteen looks more like nineteen now. The guys that doll themselves all up to go to the moves. It was crazy to watch these people file into the theatre. And then there were a few "alternative" looking kids that all sat right behind us (and sadly talked alot during the film). There were alot of older people, and most importantly people of color. The theatre was 2/3 the way full when the commercials started and 1/3 of that were people of color.
Blah blah blah commercials previews. And then the movie. Being radical and reading pdx imc and living in portland, many of the things said in this film werent very new. I learned a few things from the film however: about the 2000 election, the ties between the vote counter and bush family; that the bin Laden family was flown out of america on sept 12th...when no ther flights were allowed to take off (not even ricky martin!); and more in-depth connections between the saudis and the bush brigade and the corporations they back.
Overall it was a good film and there are other reviews devoted specifically to it that you can read. When Moore was wrapping it up, I was feeling the length of sitting in a dark room staring at a screen, but something happened at the end that was completely unexpected. The people in the theatre stood up and ovated for about thirty seconds at the end of the film. Here in the midwest. I couldnt beleive it, the last film I had seen where people gave a standing ovation was Star Wars 1.
There was not alot of chatter about after the film, however when we were walking out someone said to me, "what did you think of that film?" and I responded, "it was alright." Here in this part of the country, people dont generally just say things like that to other people, it was very uinexpected. And I wonder now if that was just a more enlightened person or if the film moved people to see the need to band together against a common enemy (sadly the movie makes bush the common enemey, but we'll take what we can get).
I felt a surge from this theatre, I envisioned people actually starting something in northwest indiana, something that I had tried when I lived here to no avail. If someone wanted to, all they'd have to do is hand out fliers to folks walking out of the theatre and create a broad coalition of somewhat likeminded folks in this area. Thoughts ran through my head on how to pound into these people that, in this state-of-mind after seeing thes eimages and hearing these truths, this is just a first step and now they need to organize.
Of course I didnt and the window of oppurtunity is over. At least for right now. It made me think that we in Portland need a rallying point again, something to band us back together...but there will be more on that in the next installment.