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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Depending on your political beliefs, the film's message will either resonate with you or not. The arguments are stated as fact, then all material included is designed to confirm that presumption.
Positive Role Models
Portrays Abraham Lincoln as a true hero but disparages generations of Democratic Party politicians and equates Democratic goals with fascism. The movie's position may be interpreted in different ways depending on viewers' political leanings.
Violence & Scariness
Historical news and movie footage and re-enactments show slaves being whipped and beaten, women being raped/sexually assaulted, KKK attacks, a lynching, mob fervor against African-Americans, a simulated Civil War battle and its aftermath (bodies strewn on the ground), a man beating a congressman with a stick, and Lincoln's assassination.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
All content related to sex is violent in nature (see "Violence" section).
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Infrequent use of words including "ass," "hell," and "son of a bitch." Ethnic slurs (including the "N" word) are attributed to prominent politicians; in some cases quotations are used as evidence.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In re-enactments, unsavory characters are shown smoking and drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party advocates defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza argues that the Democrats' main goal has always been to own the American people -- industry, banks, media, small business -- and that Clinton is but the most recent advocate of the "thievery" Democrats have perpetrated for more than a century. D'Souza identifies the Democrats with racism, slavery, corruption, misuse of power and funds, fascism, and more. Though the film includes some violent historical footage, most of the brutality is delivered in re-enacted scenes that show slaves being whipped, a congressman being beaten with a stick, KKK attacks, Civil War battles, a woman undergoing forcible sterilization, and lynching. Rape is the subject of several sequences; re-enacted scenes show white plantation masters (Democrats) sexually assaulting their slaves. Language is infrequent but includes "hell," and "son of a bitch"; some drinking and smoking is shown. How this film will be perceived depends mostly on viewers' existing attitudes and beliefs. For those who come to the film with no preconceptions, it's crucial to have resources for fact-checking and to understand who the players are and what they hope to achieve. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As with all of D'Souza's films, if you share his opinions, you'll likely find this documentary convincing; if you don't, you'll probably end up yelling at the screen. And either way, his approach to "documentary" filmmaking is troubling; he relies on unsupported charges, purported quotes, and "expert" testimony that don't meet fundamental standards of authenticity. It's certainly true that among the ranks of Democrats who've served our country since the party was founded, there were bigots, segregationists, and thieves. Jackson has already been "outed" by many sources. But the same can be said of Republicans.
Misrepresentations, facts skewed to fit an inflammatory agenda, and cruel caricatures that malign American public figures are D'Souza's stock in trade. It's particularly problematic when he uses President Barack Obama's own voice and words out of context to validate one of the film's many accusations. D'Souza's depiction of an evil plan in which the Democrats would seize all power is divided into four parts: "plan, pitch, take, and deny." That plot could just as easily be applied to Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party. In this case, the "take" would be as in "take license" and the "deny" would be to refuse to include any point of view other than D'Souza's own very narrow and paranoid one.
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