The shame narrators (let’s call them) focus on maybe 20 percent of the American story. NOTE: The Book Spoiler is always looking for a nice little synopsis (including the ending) of any current best selling book… Adam Silvera is the author of the Goodreads Choice-nominated YA novels More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, and They Both Die at the End. Re-enactment scenes were filmed in Camden, South Carolina. The conservative commentator said: "The second movie confirms for me that one of Dinesh’s great advantages is that he is absolutely clear-eyed about the Third World. He said, "It's all purely historical content now. ", "15 Documentaries Land on Oscar's Short List", "Exclusive: Controversial 'America' sets home release", "Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' movie reviews: What critics are saying about the conservative author's new documentary", "Review: Is Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' The Worst Political Documentary Of All-Time? [36] TheWrap's James Rocchi said the documentary had straw man arguments favoring D'Souza and had anecdotes in place of data, "The film is intellectually and factually spurious, in addition to being... deeply self-serving." Political commentators analyzed D'Souza's rebuttal of Howard Zinn's criticisms, the filmmaker's treatment of Saul Alinsky, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and D'Souza's depiction of his own criminal prosecution. While liberal Americans romanticize it, he has lived it. Liberal voices will now likely clamour for a counterweight to D'Souza's film. The filmmakers also licensed the song "America" by Imagine Dragons and "Home" by Phillip Phillips. [16][17] Costco reordered the book and cited the documentary's release and related interest for the reorder. The second deals with today's politics, and in particular presidential politics." Club, Indiewire's The Playlist, Slant Magazine, and TheWrap as fully negative with no merit given. [39] The A.V. [6], D'Souza conducted interviews with the following individuals:[7], America: Imagine the World Without Her is directed by Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan. [3] Simon van Zuylen-Wood, writing in National Journal, said the film treated "the radical-left worldview of marginal figures like Bill Ayers" as representative of American liberalism and that it engaged "in a selective historiography" like minimizing slavery in the United States by highlighting the existence of black slaveholders. [51] U.S. News & World Report's Hemmer said D'Souza's statement that Zinn's book A People's History of the United States was part of mainstream education was incorrect: "Though influential, the book was hardly hegemonic. Hemmer said Eric Foner's textbook Give Me Liberty! America: Imagine the World Without Her is a 2014 American political documentary film by Dinesh D'Souza based on his book of the same name. [3], The Guardian's Ben Beaumont-Thomas said Hillary Clinton was a key focus in the documentary due to the likelihood of her being a candidate in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Leydon said the acting in the historical re-enactments was of inconsistent quality. D'Souza asserted the book was pulled because one of Costco's co-founders, James Sinegal, supported Obama's politics. "[42], Los Angeles Times's Martin Tsai, whose review Metacritic scored to be 40 out of 100, the highest of its sample of 11,[36] said, "He attempts to debunk [Howard] Zinn through apagoge, as if finding an exception to Zinn's every rule will invalidate Zinn's entire argument... D'Souza makes some cogent points yet will not concede the existence of any gray area. [62] It ultimately died in the K-12 Subcommittee on April 28, 2015. '"[41] Gabe Toro, reviewing for The Playlist, said, "The film plays out like more of a bullet-point presentation than an actual film, taking each argument he thinks liberal minds are having and dissecting each, cherry-picking anomalies in order to confront some sort of liberal 'truth' that doesn't exist." Stricherz said, "At times, America lives up to D'Souza’s old intellectual standards. John Fund of National Review said "D'Souza is the first filmmaker to mine the rich material showing the radicalism of Alinsky. Farber said the historical re-enactments would not impress moviegoers who had seen many other historical films, though he called Ben Huddleston's cinematography "striking". [30] For 2014, America was the highest-grossing documentary in the United States. [52] National Journal's Zuylen-Wood said despite Alinsky dying when Obama was a teenager in Hawaii, the film portrayed Obama as one of Alinsky's "most famous disciples". Shortly before the film's release, the warehouse club Costco pulled the book from its shelves, saying its action was due to low sales. The bill includes an option for parents to opt their children out of the film screening. "[4] National Review's Jay Nordlinger said "I myself depart a bit from D'Souza on Alinskyism: I regard Obama and Hillary as mainstream Democrats, no different from Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, and the rest of the gang. *WARNING* - The ending to these books will be revealed! Historically, it distributed in theaters two political documentaries, Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) and Religulous (2008). Movies, and MovieTickets.com, had difficulty presenting results for the newer documentary. Tsai said, "'America' seems more intent on editorializing, razzling and dazzling than on stimulating civic debate." Rush Limbaugh and other media voices on the political right supported D'Souza with widespread criticism of Costco. The cities were selected for premiering America since 2016: Obama's America performed well in them in 2012. [20] A preliminary fix stopped listing results for either of D'Souza's documentaries. It’s popular in the victimized portion of the conservative movement to assert that those who love the U.S., freedom, and the prosperity it delivers do so in silence out of fear that the majority haters will persecute them for having those views, but let’s be serious. [18], Since America: Imagine the World Without Her and its predecessor 2016: Obama's America share "America" in their titles, several film websites, including Rotten Tomatoes, Yahoo! [23], Lionsgate, which handled home entertainment distribution for D'Souza's previous film 2016: Obama's America, acquired rights to distribute America: Imagine the World Without Her in theaters in the United States. Ehrlich said, "It's admirable that D'Souza is so willing to engage people who don't share his perspective, but his editing and the instructive music with which he pushes it suggest that he's not particularly interested in what they have to say. After Combee watched the documentary and discussed it, he agreed to file a companion bill. [36] Rotten Tomatoes surveyed 24 critics and, categorizing the reviews as positive or negative, assessed 22 as negative and 2 as positive. "[11] The film review website Metacritic surveyed 11 movie critics and assessed 10 reviews as negative and 1 as mixed, with none being positive. [3][4] D'Souza collaborated with John Sullivan and Bruce Schooley to adapt his book of the same name into a screenplay. [27] To date, America ranks as the sixth highest-grossing political documentary in the United States. [12] He later screened the trailer to 3,500 attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC on March 7, 2014. According to the film the Declaration of Independence essentially says “liberty is the solution to injustice,” a “promissory note” cashed throughout history by Americans such as Martin Luther King, Jr.. C.J. It was even sharply criticized by prominent historians." [14] In the following July, D'Souza and fellow filmmaker Bruce Schooley traveled to the state of Texas to promote the documentary on radio and television programs owned by Glenn Beck. WARNING: Major spoilers for Us from the start. Actor John Koopman III, a resident of Colchester, Connecticut who had portrayed General George Washington at state and national parks throughout the United States, was cast to portray Washington in the documentary. Bond reported, "Conservatives... seem thrilled with the movie. The director said the fiscal success of 2016: Obama's America allowed the filmmakers to raise financing for America. 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And this gang commands the respect, or at least the votes, of approximately half the country. Graphics look slapdash; historical recreations are either cheap-looking, unintentionally funny, or both." [59] The proposed bill required all of Florida's eighth and eleventh graders to watch America. Jordan Peele's latest is a scarier film than his debut Get Out, and with that comes a more ambitious exploration of the rot in modern American society.. It ranked seventh in Blu-ray sales with 26% of discs sold being Blu-ray. [57][58] The Tampa Bay Times said Hays "received heavy criticism that he was foisting propaganda on children". "[44] John Tamny of Forbes said, "D’Souza's America is noble in its effort to discredit myths about the U.S. as a genocidal, thieving, racist, capitalistically rapacious nation, but really, who believes this?