Michael Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American documentary film director and author known for his satirical advocacy of social democrat views. Moore became famous for his film Roger & Me, a documentary about what happened to his hometown Flint, Michigan, near Detroit, after General Motors closed its factories and opened new ones in Mexico, where the workers were paid much less. His work has been branded Chomsky for children.
Moore's 2002 documentary Bowling for Columbine, probes the culture of guns and violence in the United States. Bowling for Columbine won the 2003 Academy Award for Documentary Feature, got special notice at the Cannes Film Festival and won France's Cesar Award as the Best Foreign Film.
He has also directed two television series, TV Nation and The Awful Truth, both with a vicious satirical wit.
Moore has authored the three bestselling books Downsize This (about politics and corporate crime in the United States), Stupid White Men, and Dude, Where's My Country (both critiques of American domestic and foreign policy).
Moore was previously a columnist for and briefly the editor of Mother Jones magazine and an employee of Ralph Nader. He left Nader's employment on bad terms, but they remained friends, with Moore vociferously supporting Nader's campaign for the US presidency in 2000.