The theater was about 3/4 full at a 4 pm show, much better than usual attendance, which normally runs about a 30% house full of geezers who either beat the dinner rush already at the local smorgasbord or are planning on fryin' up a few burgers on the grill when they get home. Geezers don't like to wait for the evening crowd.
Several comments about the experience itself--everyone, everyone in the theater was grey haired. I saw no young people. In fact, I've never, ever, in all the movies I have seen (which is a lot), seen so many old people in a theater, even at Christian films.
There was murmuring, laughter and commentary from the audience throughout the film; about a minute after its conclusion, people sat in their seats and then suddenly applauded.
As we shuffled out, people chatted with one another, even strangers. In the hallway something else happened I have never seen before. People gathered in small groups discussing what they'd seen.
The film initiated a great deal of concern, interest and passion.
In fact, several people expressed that the film made them want to cry.
Now to the film itself.
Obama is not depicted as some kind of monster; in fact, Dinesh D'Souza is somewhat sympathetic to Obama, who was shuffled from parent to grandparent and seemed to suffer greatly from the disinterest of his father, the arrogant and dysfunctional polygamist alcoholic who married many times.
The cinematography is excellent; D'Souza interviews several folks, but the interviews are not in the least boring. The interview of Shelby Steele, who identifies historically with Obama just as D'Souza does, stands out in memory. Particularly chilling was DeSouza's attempt to interview a surviving wife, "Granny Sarah," of Obama's grandfather.The interview was cut short by Kenyan police after Granny Sarah phoned Barack Obama's half sister Auma, who shares Obama's romantic notion of the drunken leach who was their father.
My favorite analysis of the film is found here at Hill Buzz; it is detailed and thorough. Hoosierman's film review is here.
What is stunning about this film is the overview of Obama's life and how that single life has affected the entire country of the United States.
The primary influences on Barack Obama as boy, save Lolo Soetero who Ann Dunham turned away from after a few years, were poisonous.
Frank Marshall Davis, who many suspect is Obama's biological father, was a particularly pernicious influence, as a Communist and America hater. Davis was a vicious racist and child rapist, according to his own words, quoted here at the UK Telegraph in 2008:
The book, which closely tracks Mr Davis’s life in Chicago and Hawaii and the fact that his first wife was black and his second white, describes in lurid detail a series of shockingly sordid sexual encounters, often involving group sex.
One chapter concerns the seduction by Mr Davis and his first wife of a 13-year-old girl called Anne. Mr Davis wrote that it was the girl who had suggested he had sex with her. “I’m not one to go in for Lolitas. Usually I’d rather not bed a babe under 20.To think that young Barack's grandfather actually thought of Frank Marshall Davis, who was a drinking buddy, as a positive influence on a young boy who was missing his father is inconceivable. One has to wonder not only what kind of parents Obama had, but what kind of grandparents to allow this despicable man who was "consumed by hate and resentment" to spend time with young Barack.
Obama, who went on to revel in his drug escapades both in high school and college, described his "agreement" with his grandparents this way:
"I’d arrived at an unspoken pact with my grandparents: I could live with them and they'd leave me alone so long as I kept my trouble out of sight."In fact, card carrying Communists seem to have had profound and repeated influence on the young boy.
The most significant point of 2016: Barack Obama's America is that Obama himself has a "world view" that precludes a successful America; America's achievements, both as a nation and its individuals, are simply because Americans and the West have stolen from impoverished countries.
That poverty is on full display in this movie; over and over D'Souza illustrates this with film of desperate people climbing through trash heaps, broken shanties and filth, filth everywhere. Obama sees even America's poor as far wealthier than 3rd world countries.
And indeed this is true.
Thus the current President of the United States believes, as he has oft stated, that there should be a "level playing field."
That it is necessary to take from one to give to another.
That true "fairness" means bartering on the success of a country that both works and plays hard, and then using that barter to leverage the fates of others, many of whom have little will or inclination to be successful themselves.
And who have few leaders who are interested in leading their countries into the light of capitalism and enterprising independence.
God help us.
As one woman said leaving the theater yesterday, "We have much work to do."