Errol Morris is the Academy Award-winning director of the documentaries, ‘The Thin Blue Line’ and ‘The Fog of War’.
He has caught total Hell for his latest documentary, ‘American Dharma’ about Steve Bannon, a person who he finds disturbing and who he doesn’t like, yet he thinks this film is his finest work.
‘American Dharma’ was released last year but outrage mobs kept the film out of theaters until its limited release this week.
It was the first time in decades that the acclaimed director couldn’t get a movie into theaters. “The experience was so damn weird,” Morris says. “People became so angry with me and with the movie, they certainly wanted to deplatform not just Bannon, but they wanted to deplatform me.”
Morris says, “I want people to see the movie and to think about it; to think about the issues that are expressed in the movie, to think about what’s happening in this country and ask why it’s happening and to think really seriously about what to do about it.
“What to do about it is not avoiding it. What to do about it is not pretending that nothing is really happening or that it was an accident or it was some implacable conspiracy imposed on us by the ‘Russians’ or whoever.
“I think we need to actually confront what’s going on in this country and try to work as hard as we possibly can to changing things.”