Popular Culture and the Movie, "America: Imagine The World Without Her"
I expect this will be typical of others who even discuss the movie at all. The movie reporting web site, IMDb had a short review of the movie "America: Imagine The World Without Her," in a report titled, "Lionsgate to Distribute Controversial Documentary ‘America: Imagine a World Without Her’" "Controversial," right? I defy anyone to watch the movie and describe what is "controversial" about it, other than the fact that it contests the popular culture storyline of distorting academics and largely ignorant media reporting and entertainment. And it only contests it by filling out the history of what actually happened.
Anyway, the last line of the brief description of the movie says, "The documentary attacks a variety of noted liberals such as Bill Ayers, Noam Chomsky and Alan Dershowitz." That's the report of someone who didn't see, paid scant attention to, or outright wants to misrepresent the movie. It attacks no one. It allows America's critics to speak in person in their own words, and give their perspective. It doesn't even argue with them. Their story is approximately half the movie.
The other half is Dinesh D'Souza's portrayal of the actual history, and his perspective as an immigrant American. He makes the point that America uniquely in its founding and since, has broken with the human history of conquest. In the wake of victorious conquests, America has not plundered land and property. It has left the property and sometimes even helped rebuild.
And rather than growing by conquest, America has developed by establishing the freedom that allowed the creation and innovation that invented unprecedented NEW wealth in abundance. Our Declaration Of Independence and Constitution were the foundation for that. What we have largely done since and with great rapidity recently, is shackle the free hands that would extend the growth and spread of wealth.
But with respect to attacking those liberals, Alan Dershowitz isn't even one of America's critics in the film. Yes, he is liberal and in the film. But given his perspective, he is fair about the facts. And Dershowitz's contribution is offered in the defense of what has been uniquely American. D'Souza's last film, "2016: Obama's America," was the second most successful political documentary of all-time. That one looked at Barack Obama's background, with Obama's own audio of his book, "Dreams Of My Father," as much of the narrative. This one isn't about Barack Obama.
The most popular political democracy of all-time was Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11." I bet they didn't call that "controversial." I saw it, and I wouldn't call it controversial. It was fiction clothed as documentary. But everyone should see, "America: Imagine The World Without Her." The ones who should really see it are the younger crowd who have been stewed in the distorted storyline of popular media and education.
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