Review in Brief: 2016: Obama’s America

OBAMA AMERICA2016: Obama‘s America attempts to answer and ask the same question, who is Obama? The movie 2016 is based on D’Souza’s 2010 book The Roots of Obama’s Rage, and according to best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza, President Obama shares the same ideas of his father–an anticolonialist and anticapitalist. So I am thinking, since most documentaries mostly focus on the specific interest or passion of the writer/director; perhaps it is safe to assume that D’Souza’s attempt to familiarize himself with Obama, and the motivation behind his policies is nothing short of his own personal obligation to such an erroneous topic. Let’s assume that D’Souza’s “obsession” with the president is due to their personal similarities–he and the President were born the same year (1961); both received an ivy league education (D’Souza, Dartmouth College; the President, Harvard), and since both were married in the same year (1992) it is safe to assume that he knows a lot about the specific motivations of the President of the United States. Well D’Souza would like for you to think so.

The film, majorly narrated by the author, takes viewers on a road trip into Obama’s past. Traveling to the same places that the President traveled in a relatively obscure attempt to find the motivation behind Obama’s current policies. Through an abundance of disinformation, it is really difficult to decide exactly the point D’Souza was trying to make. D’Souza strategically presents historically factual information in such a way, that it is near impossible for you to come out of it with your own logical conclusion other than the conclusion he directs you to get out of it.

To try to make a familiar comparison, D’Souza interviews Obama’s half-brother and D’Souza tries to coax–or suggests to George Obama that he is “ashamed” of his brother for not helping his own family–or that he wishes that his brother would help him. In response to this, George Obama states “we have our own families and responsibilities,” end quote. Almost immediately thereafter presents a split image of the President in front of the White House, and a picture of his brother George, in front of a near dilapidated home. Fair comparison? Not at all. Just don’t expect the 2016 documentary to promise objectivity.

Aside from the lack of objectivity, the documentary is captured really well. The only positive assessment that can be made.

Source Dinesh D’Souza 

2016: Obama's America
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Review Summary:

A documentary that examines the question, "If Barack Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?"

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