The film “Ferguson” director Michael Moore has called for a “peaceful resolution” to the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and called on Americans to “take a deep breath” and “come together”.
The film follows the aftermath of the August 9 grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown, who was unarmed when he was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson.
The film, which won the Academy Award for best documentary on Saturday, has received criticism from the Obama administration and the US president, Barack Obama.
Mr Moore told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday that the protests “have become a threat to our republic and to our way of life”.
“There are two sides to every story,” he said.
“And when you get a country that’s very divided on so many issues, it’s a very difficult place to be.”
We’ve got to come together as Americans and stand together.
And I think that’s what we’re going to need to do.
“Mr Moore was also asked if he was worried about the potential fallout from the protests.”
“There is no greater example of that than what happened with Ferguson. “
I don’t think that we need to make a bigger mess out of it than that.”‘”
There is no greater example of that than what happened with Ferguson.
I don’t think that we need to make a bigger mess out of it than that.”‘
Ferguson is an opportunity’The Ferguson protests were sparked by the killing of an unarmed black teenager in a confrontation with police in August.
After a grand jury declined to indict Wilson, the former police officer was placed on administrative leave for a year.
A few weeks after his return, Mr Moore began shooting footage of the unrest.
The protests have since spread to other US cities, including New York, Washington DC and Chicago, with more than a million people signing an online petition calling for Mr Wilson’s arrest.
In the film, Mr Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, says her son would never have turned his back on police if they had not killed him.
“It’s the last thing I would ever do,” she said in the film.
“That would have been his biggest mistake, because he knew he had a chance to get out of that situation.”