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2016: Obama's America

Rated PG 87 minutes 2012

Dinesh D'Souza graduated from the Dartmouth Review school of right-wingery in the 1980s, was lifted high by the Reagan administration, and has since become ubiquitous as a pundit and polemist. Now he debuts as a documentary maker with this screen adaptation of his book The Roots of Obama's Rage, arguing that the president's political program is really just a long game he's playing to realize the anticolonial dreams of his Kenyan father. D'Souza travels from Indonesia to Hawaii to Kenya, where he meets a couple of the president's relatives and stages a reenactment of Barack Sr.'s funeral; he comes home worried about the dwindling U.S. nuclear arsenal and the "rod of government control" over health care. Rhetorically the movie is a series of non sequiturs, with no argument following any other; in the end it amounts to little more than a shadow play of conservative paranoia. John Sullivan codirected.

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Director: Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan

Producer: Gerald Molen, Ann Balog and Doug Sain

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