Forum Offers Face-off Following Fahrenheit 9/11

Posted: July 6, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Prominent conservative and progressive thinkers will lead what promises to be a lively discussion with moviegoers on whether partisan documentaries are healthy or harmful to a democracy, following Michael Moore’s controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.The forum will be held on Thursday, July 8, after the 7:40 p.m. showing of the film at the Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax.

The panel will be moderated by Richard E. Rubenstein, professor of conflict resolution and public affairs at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Presenting a conservative viewpoint will be Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at the Heritage Foundation. Edwards is the author of many books, including The Conservative Revolution: The Movement That Changed America.

A more liberal view will be championed by Marcus Raskin, cofounder and Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, and author of Liberalism: The Genius of American Ideals, among other books.

In addition to discussing the film, Rubenstein will comment on issues involving the media, social conflict, and the type of documentary Moore has produced.

The Cinema Arts Theatre is located in Fair City Mall at Route 236 West and Pickett Road, Fairfax. The phone number is 703-978-6991.

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