“Roger & Me”
In the grand scheme of things, “Roger & Me” didn’t change all that much. It didn’t alter this country’s sprint into an era of corporate outsourcing; it didn’t reverse the blight that by then had encased director Michael Moore’s hometown of Flint, Michigan. But this passionate David and Goliath story had its own unique impact. Moore took his cameras to GM’s headquarters and called out CEO Roger Smith by name for approving the business decisions that led to the destruction of Flint, holding the almighty corporation to account. That altered the way filmmakers started thinking about tackling such massive issues—opening the door to emotional and provocative ways for topics to be discussed, deconstructed and challenged.