I’ve fielded several requests for a re-post of my review of Dinesh D’Souza’s newest movie, America: Imagine A World Without Her. So here it is. A link to theater locations is provided at the bottom. You’re welcome. Let’s dive in:
There was just one catch to seeing Dinesh D’Souza’s newest movie, America: Imagine A World Without Her: the nearest theater screening was over 50 miles away. Is America: Imagine A World Without Her worth a 100+ mile drive, round-trip?
Short answer: Yes.
Longer short answer appears below. But first, a few housekeeping items:
- Don’t try to watch America if you’re tired or sleepy. It’s dialogue/narration-intensive and covers a lot of ground quickly. You’ll need to buckle up and listen up.
- Unless sitting through 20 minutes of previews prior to the featured attraction is your cup of sunshine, there’s no real reason to arrive at the posted show time. Just sayin’.
Got that? Good. On to the review.
Kindly note: This isn’t one of those re-hash-the-entire-script and dissect-every-scene, frame-by-frame reviews. This is a brief bird’s eye review in two parts. One is the micro version (101). The other is the longer micro version (201).
Buckled up? Okay. Here we go:
Review 101: If you see only one film this year, see this one.
Review 201: From the opening Revolutionary War montage where George Washington is taken out by a sniper and a blacksmith hammers out A-M-E-R-I-C-A to Madison Rising’s shipboard version of The Star Spangled Banner, America delivers. Produced by Academy-Award winner Gerald Molen (Schindler’s List), the docu-drama is historical, analytical, intellectual, and inspirational. Most of all, America is hope-full.
Explains the America the movie web site:
Our founding fathers warned us that, although the freedoms they gave us were hard fought, they could very easily be lost. America stands at a crossroads, and the way we understand our past will determine our future. America the movie takes 21st-century Americans into the future by first visiting our past. …
From the team that created 2016: Obama’s America comes the story not of a man but a nation, at the crossroads of hope or disaster, whose destination will soon be decided.
America tackles popular myths regarding the country’s founding and history and meets them head on. D’Souza lays out and effectively rebuts the Five Pillars of Progressivism (my title, not his) regarding America’s alleged thievery as:
- We stole the country from Native Americans.
- We stole the labor of African-Americans through slavery.
- We stole half of Mexico in the Mexican war.
- American foreign policy is not to promote democracy or ideals; it is “to steal other people’s resources, especially oil.”
- Capitalism and the free market system are a form of theft, “depriving people of what Obama calls ‘their fair share.’”
D’Souza dismantles each tenet piece by piece, connecting the dots between these popular – and demonstrably false – Progressive notions and the blame America first/blame America often crowd. By the way, if you don’t know who Ward Churchill, Saul Alinksy or Howard Zinn are/were, you will.
Some stand-outs to watch for:
- Madam C.J. Walker (first female self-made millionaire)
- John Fer, USAF (Hanoi Hilton)
- Star Parker
- Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass
- Alexis de Tocqueville
- Delish Dinesh
- Bono (Yes. Bono.)
One other thing: “We will not be silent. We will not be intimidated.” If you’re not fired up by the end of America, better check your pulse.
One other, other thing: One of us was brushing away tears by the end of this movie. (He’s an old softie. Don’t tell anyone. 🙂 ) You might want to grab a tissue or two. Just sayin’ again.
Read my recap of Chris Widener and Todd Herman’s July 14 radio interview with Dinesh D’Souza at: Dinesh D’Souza On How to Become a “Very Dangerous American.”