It is rare when a feature-length documentary makes it to the big screen, and even more rare when it emerges as a box office smash. Yet that was the case with Michael Moore’s Roger & Me.
The 1989 documentary full of scathing satire, black humour and heart-rending pathos chronicles the rapid decline of Moore's hometown of Flint, Michigan, which also happens to be the birthplace of General Motors.
In the late 1980s, GM, under the direction of then-chairman Roger Smith, mothballed eleven plants in Flint and laid more than 30,000 workers.
GM's diminished presence in Flint proved devastating for the community; the unemployment rate soared, along with the crime rate. Overnight, businesses failed and thousands of former breadwinners found themselves collecting Social Security.
Within a few short years, a once-vibrant hub was proclaimed the United States' worst city by Money magazine.
Some 25 years later, I visit Flint to see if anything has changed since Roger & Me was released.
Watch as I show you the scenes, and ask citizens if they agree with Michael Moore's thesis, namely:
That since GM began in Flint, the company had an ethical and moral obligation to remain fully committed to the city.
(And I wonder what, if anything, Moore is doing to help the hometown that made him famous.)