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December 18, 2013

Moore's first hit documentary chosen for Library of Congress

TRAVERSE CITY -- Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore's 1989 film "Roger and Me" has been named as one of 25 films that will be preserved in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.

The film will join 624 other films that have been chosen to be preserved in the national facility for their "great cultural, historic or aesthetic significance," according to information released by the Library of Congress today. 

"Over the years this movie has received many acknowledgments, but this is certainly the one I cherish the most," Moore said in a statement he released shortly after the announcement.

In the film, Moore continually tries to contact General Motors CEO Roger Smith to talk about the company's layoff of 30,000 workers in Flint. All the while, he points out the socioeconomic disparity between the workers and their former bosses and follows the fall of the city's once-thriving middle class.

The film helped launch Moore into a long career creating documentary films that make social statements and focus on current social issues in the United States.

"The true regret I have is that the cities of Flint and Detroit, which are at the center of my film, are now in much worse shape — as is the American middle class in general,” Moore said.

Also included in this year's group of 25 films that will be preserved in the Library of Congress were movies like, "Pulp Fiction," "The Right Stuff," "Mary Poppins" and "The Magnificent Seven."

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