Dinesh D’Souza is an immigrant from India. He is an unapologetic believer in American exceptionalism. His first political film was “2016 Obama’s America” was a box office hit making 33 million.
The premise is whether the world is better off because of the United States. There were interviews with an Native American woman, an African American and a Latino American addressing their points of view concerning land acquisition, slavery, and Mexican American War of 1848 and land acquired by the US. D’Souza’s intent was to show both sides of this question.
Much of the film focuses on the radical academics on college campuses today either in person or through their writings. These include Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and Saul Linsky and how they have influenced the progressives of today. This emphasis turns from the positive to negative history.
Mr. D’Souza’s also mentions, briefly. his “mistake” leading to him pleading guilty to misuse of campaign funds. He will be sentenced in the fall after pleading guilty to the charge in May of this year.
My opinion was that Mr. D’Souza had a strong premise that is very applicable in today’s world, but he got side tracked on other issues in his desire to include these examples.
I think it would have been better if he had stuck with the simple question, “Is the world a better place because of the grand experiment of the United States?”
The film is not likely, in my opinion, to change minds but to substantiate the beliefs one already holds.
Have you seen “America” or will you ? Did you see “2016 Obama’s America?”