Date: 6th May 2004

Disney blocking Michael Moore movie

Controversial film-maker Michael Moore has run into trouble with his new documentary Fahrenheit 911.

The film, the follow-up to Bowling for Columbine (2002), focuses on September 11 and makes links between the Bush and Bin Laden families.

Disney chiefs are now moving to ban their subsidiary Miramax from distributing the film in North America, reports Empire.

Disney said distributing the film was against company interests because it would alienate people of certain political beliefs.

Miramax are still handling the world premiere of the film in Cannes and distribution rights to other countries have already been sold.

But Disney's stance could prevent the film from getting a wide release in the US in time for the presidential elections.

Moore commented: "Should this be happening in a free and open society where the monied interests essentially call the shots regarding the information that the public is allowed to see?"

Source: Press Release



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