Republican Politician Becomes Focus Of Critical Documentary

3rd February 2005

Following Fahrenheit 9/11’s savage critique of the George W. Bush administration, Rudy Giuliani has become the latest Republican to face an unflattering documentary.


Following Fahrenheit 9/11’s savage critique of the George W. Bush administration, Rudy Giuliani has become the latest Republican to face an unflattering documentary – Giuliani Time, Kevin Keating’s new film, portrays the former mayor of New York as a coldblooded and ruthless leader who suppressed the rights of vulnerable minority groups and hindered freedom of speech.

Giuliani’s tenure as mayor of NY is often seen in a positive light, as his determined, uncompromising treatment of criminals (often referred to as the “broken windows” policy) lead to an incredible drop in crime statistics. His sober, reassuring response after the 9/11 attacks also won him much support, and he is one of the favourites to take over from Bush in 2008. Keating, however, brings to light Giuliani’s connections with the mob, and foregrounds his discreditable treatment of Haitian immigrants whilst working under Nixon. It is also argued that racial tensions worsened during his reign, and that he ingratiated himself to the Wall Street community at every opportunity.

Keating, a former cinematographer who worked on When We Were Kings, maintains that his new film is not a smear campaign against Giuliani, but "an instrument for critical political discussion". Giuliani Time has just premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival.

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