Bowling for Columbine (2002) - Synopsis
A tour de force from filmmaker Michael Moore, Bowling for Columbine is an alternately humorous and horrifying documentary about firearms abuse in the United States. The first documentary accepted into competition at Cannes since 1956, the film won a special 55th Anniversary Prize at the 2002 festival.
With his trademark charm and biting wit, Moore (director of Roger and Me and author of Stupid White Men) sets off on a rollicking journey to the heart of the country hoping to discover why the American pursuit of happiness is so riddled with violence. From a look at the Columbine High School security camera tapes to the home of Oscar®-winning NRA President Charlton Heston, from a young man who makes homemade napalm with The Anarchist's Cookbook to the murder of a six-year-old girl by another six-year-old, Bowling for Columbine is a powerful piece of filmmaking that will resonate with audiences dreading - but expecting - the next breaking news report about a homegrown assassin with a constitutionally-protected Uzi.