AMERICA: IMAGINE THE WORLD WITHOUT HER
The Real History of America
Release Date: June 27, 2014
Starring: Dinesh D’Souza, John
Koopman, Tina Fortune, Crystal
Barragan, Donnie Bentley, Josh
Bonzie, Brett Bower
Audience: Older children and adults
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: Dinesh D’Souza, John
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Dinesh D’Souza, Gerald R.
Writer: Dinesh D’Souza, John
Sullivan, Bruce Schooley
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AMERICA starts by explaining an attack that Americans and their country and its values are currently enduring from the Radical Left, but not recognizing. That attack is on America’s history. D’Souza explains that, if the powers-that-be can change how citizen’s view America’s past and make Americans ashamed of their heritage, they can destroy America’s founding values. To prove his point, D’Souza addresses several indictments against America.
These indictments include Christopher Columbus and the Europeans bringing genocide against Native American Indians, including American pioneers breaking treaties with Indians, the slavery of Africans, the alleged theft of the Southwest Territories from Mexico, American imperialism against the world, and alleged capitalist thievery from America’s citizens. Addressing each one of these, D’Souza carefully dispels the lies told about these events. For example, he shows that the United States had control of all of Mexico as a result of the war with that country in 1848. Yet, he notes, that the U.S. returned half of Mexico back to the Mexicans, who now are fleeing that country and its socialist tyranny to pursue the American Dream in the United States. He also notes that blacks also owned slaves in the United States, as did many American Indians. Most Indians were killed by diseases brought by the Europeans, he adds, and the Sioux Indians who now want some American land returned to them actually stole that land from other Indian tribes!
Furthermore, Dinesh explains that the moral injustices that were in fact committed in America’s history didn’t stem from the values of her Founding Fathers, but actually were borrowed from the conquering ways of the rest of the world. In fact, he notes that America’s solutions to these injustices were unique to America compared to how the rest of the world acted and reacted, specifically in regards to Christianity, ingenuity and entrepreneurship.
Without giving excuses for wrongdoings or immoral actions, D’Souza does a commendable job at focusing on uplifting and unknown heroes who came from nothing, overcame their abusers and succeeded against all odds. According to D’Souza, this is what’s uniquely American. Slowly, America has transferred many of the responsibilities of self-government (which drove America to greatness) to the federal government, and with that goes moral responsibility, ingenuity and prosperity.
AMERICA addresses some big and very important themes that are widely ignored these days. The attack on liberty has been a systematic strategy. D’Souza’s clearly understands that, unless Americans know their history, they will have no idea where they are going, and where they are going right now isn’t pretty. The stories told in AMERICA are powerful and uplifting.
Admittedly, D’Souza doesn’t stress enough that the “American” values the founders believed in are originally and inherently inspired by the Bible. To say that moral living, free market principals and liberty are uniquely America doesn’t give God the credit and glory that is due (though D’Souza does mention the importance of Christianity in America).
That said, American patriotism celebrates not what is or even what was. It celebrates what the past allows us to be. The past and present is full of good and evil, as the movie points out. However, do not repeat the failures of fallen societies, but rather carve a better future, the same future that was carved for Americans.
AMERICA is a very engaging, often inspiring documentary. However, the final third of the movie isn’t as well connected to the first two thirds when Dinesh discusses the real facts about America’s history. Instead, the final third goes into a summary of the current political situation, where the Left has used its attack on American history to take away people’s liberty and promote bigger and bigger socialist government. Also, some of the movie’s reenactments are more engaging and inspiring than others. Finally, some violence and brief foul language is inappropriate for younger viewers.
Even so, AMERICA still holds up as an important, inspiring, informative documentary that hopefully will produce some positive changes reflecting Christian, biblical principles and values.
AMERICA addresses some very important that are widely ignored these days. The attack on liberty has been a systematic strategy. D’Souza understands that, unless Americans know their history, they will have no idea where they are going, and where they are going now isn’t pretty. The stories told in AMERICA are powerful and uplifting. The final third of the movie isn’t as well connected to the movie’s first, wonderful two thirds. Also, some violence and brief foul language are inappropriate for younger children. Nonetheless, AMERICA is an important, inspiring, informative documentary that hopefully will produce positive change based on America’s original biblical values.