"Dinesh D'souza's documentary "America" opens this week, just in time for the July 4th holiday -- but "patriotic" isn't the "p" word being used most often to describe this latest film from the conservative author and commentator. Rather, it's "partisan," which shouldn't come as much of a surprise for anyone familiar with his 2008 anti-Obama film "2016: Obama's America."
D'Souza's newer film, whose full title is "America: Imagine the World Without Her," sets out to do just that: It uses dramatic re-enactments to help imagine what the world would be like if America never existed -- and uses its conclusions to counter what it says is a deeply anti-American slant that has come to color the nation's history.
"'Someone once observed: 'America is great because she is good; if she ever ceases to be good she will cease to be great,'" the film's producers write in its synopsis. "Today that notion of the essential goodness of America is under attack, replaced by another story in which theft and plunder are seen as the defining features of American history -- from the theft of Native American and Mexican lands and the exploitation of African labor to a contemporary foreign policy said to be based on stealing oil and a capitalist system that robs people of their 'fair share.'"
"America" wasn't widely screened for critics, but the first handful of reviews are trickling in, and they're not particularly glowing. Below, find a sampling of what critics are saying about D'Souza's new film. "America: Imagine the World Without Her" opened in theaters on Wednesday (July 2). "
I recommend everyone go see this movie. Like his first documentary, this movie makes you think. I also think farmers and businessmen would really get the points of this movie.
Ed and LuAnn