A new controversial documentary film, America: Imagine The World Without Her, opened in early June and is currently screening in limited theatres across the United States. The film is vastly patriotic and based on the popular book of the same name byDinesh D'Souza and directed by D'Souza and John Sullivan.
America: Imagine The World Without Her at firstpresents a kind of ‘what-if’ narrative, that poses times in history that would have been altered if the U.S. was not present in foreign affairs and world politics.
The message of the film is to draw attention to the positive contributions the U.S. has made on the world stage and to discount the negatives. The film is largely reactionary to the growing resentment and shame left-leaning Americans have expressed towards their country for its part in slavery, colonisation, social inequality and war, as observed by director and author D’Souza.
Some opinions the film puts forward include the success of the war in Iraq and the global progress that has been made with the spread of American capitalism. The film also addresses opinions that the U.S. stole Native American land, Mexican land, African slaves, global colonies and sets out to dismiss each of the indictments. This is achieved through highlighting other nation’s involvement and guilt in each wrongdoing, while drawing attention to the positive steps the U.S. has taken to make amends.
Since the release of America: Imagine The World Without Her, film critics in the U.S. have mostly reacted negatively to the film for its bias and propagandist tone. The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune both gave it one and a half stars, with the Washington Post saying that director "D’Souza controls the conversation, and thus goes unchallenged when he tries to make real-world points with make-believe scenarios". While the Chicago Tribune said that the director for example "sidesteps the fiasco of Vietnam by interviewing a pilot who was shot down, held prisoner and tortured by the Vietnamese".
Many right-wing Americans however have praised the film for offering a different perspective to other leftist documentaries and instilling country pride in its viewers and have encouraged the film to be shown as part of school curriculum.
D'Souza first gained notoriety in 2012 for his anti-Obama film 2016: Obama's America and is a vocal patriot and opponent of the culture of 'shame' about American history.
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