Will controversial documentary change voters' minds about Obama?
By Forrest Saunders, Multimedia Journalist - email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Remember "Fahrenheit 9/11?" Right before the election eight years ago, it was the controversial film focusing on the policies of President George W. Bush.
With another election approaching, another film, is focusing on another president, Barack Obama.
"2016: Obama's America" is a documentary that's made national headlines and has earned more than $20 million. Created by Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative author and director, the film asks: "If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?"
Its answer has made the movie "Box Office Mojo's" 10th highest grossing documentary. And, put it on the screen of more than 1,700 theaters. One of them is Sioux City's Southern Hills 12.
Since opening there August 17th, theater officials say the film has been selling out weekend shows, patrons paying to hear a critical analysis of the commander in chief.
"I know how I am going to vote, this is just going to cement my theories about it," said moviegoer, Jeaneen Nacke.
Others on Facebook aren't "liking" it. Kelsey Paulson asks if a "movie like this is really credible?" Theresa Lefler Gray calls it an "anti-Obama infomercial."
While you might think films like "2016" change votes, Political Scientist David Wiltse says not so much.
"Your average person who's going to these movies, most of them, in fact all of them, have made up their mind either one way or another," said Wiltse, who is an assistant professor at Briar Cliff University.
Wiltse expects those who haven't made a choice, won't even see it.
"They don't care enough about politics. They don't see the entertainment. If it's a question of going to D'Souza's film or Abraham Lincoln Vampire Killer (sic), they'll go to Abraham Lincoln Vampire Killer (sic)," said Wiltse.
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