Thursday, November 29, 2012

2016: Obama's America (2012)

For some time, I have been debating on a particular documentary over at Family Video. I love documentaries, but, when the subject is President Obama, it is hard to tell what it would be like. In the end, I decided it was time to dive into it, and see what 2016: Obama’s America has to offer.
Plot/ This is a documentary that examines the question, "If Barack Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?"
This documentary was nothing like what I was prepared for. Nowhere near as attack driven and fabricated like Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911, this film takes an interesting look at President Obama. More importantly, it looks at Obama in his own words. The director, Dinesh D'Souza, does a great job in portraying who the president is, all the while actually taking a real look at certain situations in a non-partisan manner.  During the process, he talks about the relationship, or lack thereof, between the president and his father and how it influenced what the director calls his “anti-colonialist” views. One of the most powerful parts of the documentary is the scenes shot with the presidents’ half-brother in Kenya, something that shows a different side of the reality of what we see. While there are forays into the United States of Islam, and the financial crisis, the majority of the film attempts to build the “anti-colonialist” agenda. In the end, I learned a lot from this film, yet, it only backed up what my ideologies told me before watching it. I definitely believe, that this film should be watched, regardless of party affiliation, it is entertaining, informative, and in no way an attack film like many project.  

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