Obama Documentary to be Shown Locally
A political documentary that examines the question “If Barack Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?” debuts in Moore County beginning today.
“2016: Obama’s America” will be shown at Sandhills Cinemas 10 in Southern Pines. Show times are 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., according to the theater’s website.
Your opinion of the film likely will be influenced by your political party affiliation. The film is drawing markedly different responses from the heads of the local Democratic and Republican parties.
On the Republican side, Robert Levy said he would encourage people to see the documentary film.
“I believe documentary films are fabulous for opening up discussion,” Levy said. “Going to the movies with your family and discussing these things can only be good for America.”
Levy said he thinks there is “a real danger” that Americans would be “fundamentally changed for the worse” if Obama is re-elected.”
Jim Heim, chair of the Democratic Party in Moore County, takes a different view to the movie.
He said he was “vaguely interested” in seeing the film and wouldn’t encourage people to see the movie because it is “pretty thin gruel,” with “not a lot of meat.”
Heim called the film “propaganda” and a “biased piece,” and called its release “simply an election-time ploy.”
Both men said they haven’t seen the movie but plan to do so.
The independent polemic is co-produced and co-directed by Dinesh D’Souza, a former Ronald Reagan policy adviser and current president of King’s College in New York City. It is based on D’Souza’s best-selling book, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.”
The documentary’s official website says the film “takes audiences on a gripping visual journey into the heart of the world’s most powerful office to reveal the struggle of whether one man’s past will redefine America over the next four years. … Across the globe and in America, people in 2008 hungered for a leader who would unite and lift us from economic turmoil and war. True to America’s ideals, they invested their hope in a new kind of president, Barack Obama.
“What they didn’t know is that Obama is a man with a past, and in powerful ways that past defines him — who he is, how he thinks, and where he intends to take America and the world. Love him or hate him, you don’t know him.”
Since it debuted nearly two months ago, the film has earned $9.4 million, making it the highest grossing conservative documentary of all time.
Reviews of the film have varied greatly. Some have called the film “a nonsensically unsubstantiated act of character assassination,” while others have said the film is “an extremely well-made and well-reasoned examination of who Obama really is.”
Contact Tom Embrey at (910) 693-2484 or tembrey @thepilot.com.
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