By Molly Stazzone
Photo courtesy of Michael Dougherty.
They shocked audiences across the nation with their 2012 film 2016: Obama’s America. Now director John Sullivan and writer Dinesh D’Souza are set to shock us once more this Independence Day season by making the USA disappear.
Their new documentary film, called America, focuses on the question, if the Revolutionary War never happened–and the USA never existed–would modern life be better or worse than it is now?
D’Souza is a best selling novelist who wrote America: Imagine A World Without Her and Obama’s America. In the trailer for the film he states, “We are living in the American Era, but this moment of American triumph is very fragile.”
People can agree the country is not what it used to be, citing examples like its weak government, poor foreign policy, faulty economy, and growing number of unnecessary gun shootings. One woman in the trailer states that she wants to blow up Mount Rushmore because “It’s a symbol of oppression.” The documentary serves as an outlet for the opinions and voices of people who are sick and tired of America.
Along with all of Sullivan’s and D’Souza’s past productions, America comes across as controversial. D’Souza’s character can also be considered controversial. When charged with violating federal campaign laws, he was found guilty for one count of illegal donating to a Senate campaign, and one count of false statements to be made to authorize in connection with the contribution.
Though, perhaps the controversy adds to their success; 2016: Obama’s America was the second highest grossing political documentary in history.
While watching the new trailer audience members might ponder to themselves and say, “Are they right? Is our nation, the place we were born and raised in, and the place we still ‘call home’ actually destroying us?”
Anyone could easily say the USA is destroyed, but look at our landscapes, our blending of cultures, our safe haven, and even our national anthem. Yes, the nation has its downfalls, but we should not overlook the legacy of great achievements, like the first steps on the moon, women’s suffrage movement, the Civil Rights Act, and of course, the Declaration of Independence.
Furthermore, at the end of the trailer, D’Souza says, “How badly we need right now a Washington, a Lincoln, a Reagan, but we don’t have them–but we do have us.” So maybe he sees some sense of societal hope waving in our 13 stripes and 50 stars.
America is rated PG-13.