“The film opened the door to many other documentary filmmakers,” he said. “On a filmmaking level it changed things; you could have a point of view.”
The recognition is a vindication of sorts, but Moore said he remains troubled by the worsening plight of Michigan’s middle class.
“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,” he said.
Also included in this year’s group of 25 films that will be preserved in the Library of Congress: “Pulp Fiction,” “The Right Stuff,” “Mary Poppins” and “The Magnificent Seven.”