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This Divided State (2005)

The film follows Micheal Moore's controversial decision to speak at the Utah Valley State College, where a heated debate between protestors and supporters argue Moore's First Amendment freedom of speech rights.

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Kay Anderson ...
Himself
Jim Bassi ...
Himself
Sean Vreeland ...
Student Petitioner
Michael Nigro ...
Himself
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Himself (as Ken Brown)
Joe Vogel ...
Himself
Alex Caldiero ...
Animated UVSC Professor
Bob Rasmussen ...
Asst. VP Student Life
William Sederburg ...
UVSC President
Pierre LaMarche ...
UVSC Philosophy Professor (as Pierre Lamarche)
Phil Gordon ...
UVSC Communication Chair
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Himself
Dennis Potter ...
UVSC Philsophy Professor
Sean Hannity ...
Himself
Jesse J. Steele ...
Sean Hannity's victim (as Jessie Steele)
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The film carefully examines the divisive nature of politics in an overwhelmingly conservative mid-western community. In September 2004, the student body representatives of Utah Valley State College invited controversial filmmaker Michael Moore to speak on campus two weeks before the Presidential election. An unanticipated uproar from the students and community ensued. Moore protestors claimed university funds should not pay for Moore's visit, while those in support of Moore fought to defend free speech. A community once considered politically passive was stirred to action, and the conflict played out in the media and several public forums. Those opposed to Moore's visit, in an effort to have the invitation rescinded, resorted to death threats, petitions, law suits, and bribery. Moore supporters, living in the high concentrate of Mormon conservatism, struggled to be heard, to defend new ideas, and to keep plans for his visit on track. Steven Greenstreet, the film's director, tracks the... Written by Michelle Pate

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Death Threats, Bribery, and Family Values.

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22 July 2005 (USA)  »

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$10,000 (estimated)
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Filmmakers edited 76 hours of raw footage down to its final running time of 88 minutes. See more »

Quotes

Jason Nichols: You don't stop the messanger, you evaluate his message!
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Connections

Followed by Slacker Uprising (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

This Land Is Your Land
Written by Woody Guthrie
Performed by The Utah County Swillers and Steven Greenstreet
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This is a well made independent film
1 October 2005 | by (Tampa, Fl) – See all my reviews

To be honest---not quite a 10 (probably a 7 or an 8)---but I rated it 10 to offset the all the ones given to it by the anti-Moore crowd. A frightening look at a community trying anything (including bullying, bribery, and law suits) to stop Michael Moore from speaking at a conservative Utah college. It's a peek at the American brand of fascism. The effort is organized by Kay Anderson---who has made many attempts to stop events in the community before. I think all Americans conservative and liberal should agree on one thing---Freedom of Speech. Anderson is quoted as saying "Free speech works because most of us know when to keep our mouths shut". This misses the whole point of freedom of speech. The movie is flawed in spots. The segment about the guy who looks like Moore comes to mind. Overall its a very good documentary and it really shows the colliding attitudes in our country today.


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