Plot Summary: [from IMDb]: “A story that questions the shaming of the US through revisionist history, lies and omissions by educational institutions, political organizations, Alinsky, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other progressives to destroy America.”
My Review: Disclaimer*: I have not read the original book, so this review will not be comparing it to that novel. Only as a story in and of itself, totally unrelated to the book.
“God damn America.” You hear it everywhere nowadays. Sometimes in so many words, sometimes only implied but it’s message becomes more popular all the time. Indeed, sometimes it can be hard not to be embarrassed because of some of our leaders’ choices in this day and age. But is what we so often hear said about America in school, on tv, and in books correct? Should we be embarrassed about the idea of America and what it was founded on?
Settling down to watch this on Independence Day last year, I found this documentary to be enlightening and spot on with its assessment of America’s past. Writer and director Dinesh D’Souza addresses such topics as the discovery of North America, colonization, slavery, treatment of the Native Americans, and America’s wars up to the present day. Saul Alinky and Howard Zinn’s books and worldviews are also discussed. Some shocking stories from this country’s history that haven’t made the history books are also uncovered.
At first I felt depressed as I watched the facts about the present state of our nation honestly dealt with. It was so heartbreaking, I wasn’t so sure I could watch to the end because I felt despair taking over. However, about halfway through the film, D’Souza provides us with some inspiration to be the America we need and that the rest of the world needs. By the end, I felt uplifted and encouraged.
Lest you might be hesitant to watch a film with snarky back-biting and mud-slinging, I’ll assure you that you won’t find those types of negative elements in this one. Instead, I appreciated that D’Souza (himself an immigrant from India) treated with respect all of his interviewees who held a different opinion than his. I would be interested in seeing D’Souza in a debate or lecture in person sometime.
Much of this documentary is dramatized for us through actors’ portrayals. Overall, I found the film to be eye-opening, truthful, and balanced. This would be great for families to watch together (especially high school/college age kids), or for the regular joe who would like some good arguments the next time he finds himself in a discussion about politics.
~Happy Independence Day, America!~