Radical filmmaker Michael Moore’s 10-year-old documentary Bowling For Columbine has found new life on the Internet, tragically as 27 lost theirs at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14.
Film site Indiewire writes:
“In the wake of the Newtown school shootings, the film is spreading like wild fire on the internet and among discussion boards, just as it did last July after the Aurora movie theater massacre.”
The stats are indeed impressive.
Circulated for free on YouTube, Bowling For Columbine has clocked up more than 457, 272 hits since it was uploaded in April 2011.
Moore, a fierce gun control advocate, has stayed away from public appearances since the Newtown atrocity, explaining — via Twitter — that he didn’t want to be that guy on another “damn TV show” whenever a shooting occurs.
However, on Sunday, the outspoken activist unleashed a string of tweets about the debate everyone is talking about —gun control.
“Time for action. The debate discussion are over. Just as no one should debate whether “rape is legitimate,” this gun debate is *ffing over,” the filmmaker tweeted.
The rest of those tweets can be seen here.
Based on the actual Columbine High School massacre that took place on April 20, 1999, in Colorado, when two students — Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold — shot and killed 12 students and one teacher and injuring more, Bowling For Columbine was released in 2002.
Acknowledged as the fifth, deadliest mass murder on a school campus and the most deadly in a high school, the issues raised by that event and Moore’s documentary — such as gun control, gun culture, youth alienation, and societal violence — remain as relevant today as they were back in 1999.
The film went on to win an Oscar in 2003 for “Best Documentary” and you can watch it in its entirety below.