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Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is widely recognized as one of the faces of progressive and liberal politics in the United States. Born in the small factory town of Flint, Michigan and never receiving anything more than a high school diploma, he rose above his humble roots and began to take on political hypocrisy and corruption in a number of confrontational and at times outlandish ways. His debut film, Roger & Me, took on a problem dear to his heart--the loss of jobs in the automobile industry in his hometown of Flint. Since the unexpected success of that film, Moore's filmography includes popular and influential documentaries such as Sicko, Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, all of which have tackled specific topics while always maintaining an overall view of what he views as deeply-rooted problems within the core infrastructure of America. Instantly recognizable with his blue collar clothes, frumpy baseball caps and often disheveled looks, Moore is a polarizing figure who is usually loved by the liberal left, while aggressively attacked by the conservative right.
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