By Georgeanne Barrett
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, September 9, 2004
Michael Moore's controversial film "Fahrenheit 9/11" will make its debut on the UA campus tonight and will show through the weekend.
The Gallagher Theater, located on the main floor of the Student Union Memorial Center, will show the movie starting today, and will play the movie through Saturday.
Gallagher Theater manager T.J. Willis said he has not received any positive or negative feedback from the students about the theater's decision to show "Fahrenheit 9/11," but he said he expects to hear something once the theater starts showing the film.
"Students have opinions, and I hope to hear something," Willis said. "This is not aimed at creating controversy. This is just what the students want to see."
Willis said it should not matter that "Fahrenheit 9/11" is being shown on the same weekend as the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
"Fahrenheit 9/11" takes an in-depth look at the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the Bush administration's reaction to it, but some critics have called the documentary an unfair attack against the Bush administration.
Many students agree with Willis that "Fahrenheit 9/11" is a must see.
Lisa Knisely, a women's studies graduate student, said she thinks it's great the Gallagher Theater is showing this film, and said any controversy over the weekend it is being shown should not matter.
"I think it's awesome. This movie brings up a lot of important political issues," Knisely said.
Knisely, who has already seen the movie, said she thinks the movie is in no way disrespectful to survivors of Sept. 11 and their families.
"I can see how people might find it controversial," said Knisely. "But I encourage them to see it because it's really a patriotic movie. In that sense it's appropriate for this weekend."
Nayan Bhakta, a mechanical engineer sophomore, agreed with Knisely that it is all right to show a controversial movie like "Fahrenheit 9/11" on such an important weekend.
Bhakta has not seen the movie yet, but said he might go see it this weekend at the Gallagher Theater.
"I have heard it's really one-sided against Bush," Bhakta said. "But whether you are for or against him, they should still be able to show the movie."
Staci Goldman, an undecided freshman, said she felt the Gallagher Theater should show the movie, but she said that controversy and upset students should be expected.
"A lot of students here are for Bush," Goldman said. "I don't think they will be happy."
Willis said it was not intentionally planned to show the film on the anniversary of the attacks and said it is just the way things happened.
"We choose our movies based on how they do in the box office during the theatrical release," Willis said. "This is no different than when we show 'King Arthur' or 'Troy.'"
"Fahrenheit 9/11" will be shown today-Saturday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Admission is $3.