OCT. 15, 2003
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

The CSUB History Club will be showing the critically acclaimed film “Bowling for Columbine” at California State University, Bakersfield on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 8:05 p.m. in Business Development Center Room 153. The showing is free and the public is invited.

The film, which alternates between humorous and horrifying looks at the United States and its penchant for violence and guns, won the 2003 Academy Award for best documentary film. Written and directed by Michael Moore, the film asks, “How have we become both the master and victim of such enormous amounts of violence?”

“This film offers an important look at life in America today,” said Mark Baker, CSUB history professor who is the advisor to the History Club. “It is thought provoking, and in many ways frightening. The film forces us to examine our basic societal values and asks, ‘How did America become such a violent place?’ Moore offers us no easy answers to this crucial question, but that is one of the great things about this film.”

Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert gave the R-rated (for violence) movie 3.5 stars, and described it in his October 2002 review as “a mosaic of Moore confrontations and supplementary footage. One moment that cuts to the core is from a standup routine by Chris Rock, who suggests that our problem could be solved by simply increasing the price of bullets – taxing them like cigarettes. Instead of 17 cents apiece, why not $5,000? ‘At that price,’ he speculates, ‘you'd have a lot fewer innocent bystanders being shot.’ … ‘Bowling for Columbine’ thinks we have way too many guns, don't need them, and are shooting each other at an unreasonable rate. Moore cannot single out a villain to blame for this fact, because it seems to emerge from a national desire to be armed.”

For more information about the showing, please call Baker at (661) 665-6833.