In a conflict that epitomized the battle between red versus
blue states in the days leading up to the 2005 election, Michael
Moore's invitation to speak at Utah Valley State College created
a controversy previously unheard of in the quiet community.
Nestled within a deeply conservative state, the university
is located in the heart of Mormon country, and when the invitation
to Moore was issued, complete chaos broke out, with vitriol
being spewed by proponents of both the right and the left.
Petitions were launched, forums and protests held, while Moore
supporters were accused of demeaning their religion, the apotheosis
of offense. Prominent local businessman Kay Anderson offered
a bribe to prevent Moore's engagement, while the UVSC student
body president feared for his safety. Fox's Sean Hannity was
eventually invited to speak as a counter-balance to Moore,
and both speeches are included with illuminating results.
Documentarian Steven Greenstreet was there to document the
entire process, after dropping out of college when he heard
what was going on. The result is a non-judgmental presentation
of the facts that, miraculously, avoids caricature and manages
to capture the many shades of gray that are so often eclipsed
in the deep divide between the right and the left.
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