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EnlargeRocky Mountain Pictures Commentator and writer Dinesh D'Souza, who directed the documentary 2016: Obama's America, interviews George Obama, the president's half-brother.
In mid-July, an obscure film called 2016: Obama's America opened in just one theater in Houston. The film proposes that President Obama is weakening the country — deliberately.
writer Dinesh D'Souza, its co-director and star, traveled to Hawaii,
Indonesia and Kenya to test that theory, and this week, his film could
be seen at 1,500 theaters across America.
Many critics have blasted the conspiratorial tone of the film, which D'Souza calls a documentary.
Weekends on All Things Considered
host Guy Raz spoke with D'Souza and asked what he means when he argues
that the president is trying to weaken America. "This is a matter of
having an ideological hypothesis that comes right out of Obama's book [Dreams of My Father]. And by laying it forward, people who watch the film can make up their own mind," D'Souza says.
On why he thinks President Obama is deliberately trying to weaken the U.S. economy
EnlargeRocky Mountain Pictures Movie poster for 2016: Obama's America.
Hear The Full, Unedited Interview
Host Guy Raz Talks To '2016: Obama's America' Filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza.
"Obama is an anti-colonialist. He has a dream,
and it's the dream from his father. Anti-colonialism generally is based
on the premise that the Western countries, and now the United States,
have become rich by invading and occupying and looting the poor
countries, so that the wealth of the world is unfairly distributed. And
what Obama wants to do is correct that. How do you correct it? You
correct it ultimately by making sure that the previous colonized
countries have better access to growth and power, and if there's a cost
for that you put the cost on the colonizers, in this case the United
On why he believes President Obama's family background influences his policies
would not normally hold Obama accountable for the views of either his
father or his mother had he not written a book detailing how influential
his father and also to some degree his mother have been on him. So I'm
simply following Obama's story."
former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker's assertion that the film
was misrepresented when he agreed to be interviewed for it
interview with David Walker was on the specific topic of debt and I
don't attribute to David Walker the argument of the film or even my view
that Obama uses debt as a form of global re-distribution. So, we don't
misrepresent him in any way, he doesn't claim we do."