Did you happen to see the new America documentary by Dinesh D'Souza? I'd love to hear your input on it. Although there were parts I thought didn't come across too well (there were some interviewees that backed and related their success to religion), but I thought overall it was a pretty solid and factually sound film... very eye-opening as well
I saw his first film, 2016, and I hated it. The main thrust of the film (or what…I think it was…it was hard to tell, the argument was everywhere) is that Obama’s politics are understandable through the lens of colonialism, meaning that Obama’s policy, both foreign and domestic, is anti-imperialistic and sides heavily with previously-colonized peoples and countries (of course, D’Souza fails to point out that America itself used to be colonies…but whatever). That’s an interesting argument that merits discussion (and, of course, evidence). The problem is, D’Souza spends almost no time actually proving that argument. He’s egocentric (the first ten to fifteen minutes of the film are all about him and have nothing to do with the rest of the movie) and is awful at presenting evidence, making some absolutely bizarre directorial choices. For example, there are several scenes in that documentary in which D’Souza has a phone conversation with one of his “experts”…and the camera films the other person on the phone. The audience watches a phone conversation rather than having them meet face-to-face and talk. Not to mention, he uses the Michael Moore tactic of sensationalizing interviews, I guess assuming that “Because we portrayed this person as being mean/rude, he must also be wrong!”
I also watched one of his lectures, here. It was slightly more effective than his movie, but still not convincing. He speaks like someone who expects the audience to recoil in horror when the word “Communist” is spoken, like it were some evil witchcraft, without actually explaining anything. He’s intelligent and educated, but not unlike El Rushbo, prone to making strawman arguments and downright horrible at debate.