So I received a message from The Strasson Group to watch an early screening of and review their film American Deep State: The Movie. A documentary about the Deep State and its war on Trump since the 2016 election, and up to when the film was released. Well, this might not be the review they were hoping for. Might not get paid for this as a result.
Rated: 1 / 5 2 / 5 *
* : with a big caveat, see below
So the film begins with the usual bru-hahah, mention of the 18th amendment with the whole “equal treatment under the law” thing which it of course is building up to be bullshit by today’s standards (assuming those standards were ever met to begin with). Plus talk of the JFK assassination, and mentioning how every conspiracy theory around the assassination involved the CIA to some extent. Then mentioning how the Trump administration blocked the scheduled release of declassifying the Kennedy assassination documents and delaying their availability to the public, even after all these years (makes you wonder who is alive today that was involved, or if it’s more about an organization that was involved and still around today). And it talks about all the organizations these conspiracy theories bring up about it, including the mafia, the KGB, CIA, FBI, Fidel Castro, Lyndon B. Johnson, etc. Guess what group this documentary decided to leave out? The people running the Fed, the big banker groups like the Rothchilds and such. That’s a big thing to leave out if you’re going to cover several bases in brief, especially when Kennedy was preparing to sign a bill that would remove the Federal Reserve and the dollar currency and replace it with something else. After all, he took some inspiration from Hitler’s methods of making his country nationalist-socialist by removing the big Jewish banks and making his country a powerhouse (something Dinesh D’Souza’s Death of a Nation documentary can attest to, that JFK and the Democrats were inspired by Hitler’s policies for a time, up until the headlines reported on the holocaust atrocities). Consider my skepticism raised at this point.
The first portion of the documentary covers the conspiracy of the JFK assassination (not exactly original at this point, it should be taken for granted that most are skeptical at the very least about the official story). But this does have the advantage of utilizing sources of the newly released government documents (as of 2017; still excluding the documents under classification that should’ve been released), which the film indicates that the CIA was directly involved with the assassination. Now I just wonder if the documentary is going to imply a rogue CIA group acted alone on this, or if some other organization is pulling some CIA strings.
It portrays the Kennedies in a positive light, which is a mistake. No documentary should ever assume anyone they cover is pure and innocent and well-intentioned, especially if they’re a politician (or even a lawyer). They even have a “Moment of Silence” bit for the Kennedies. Well, considering I usually watch these movies quietly, they’ve got that. But too offset all this, here’s a bit from Lexx (Season 4, Episode 4):
Anyway, 30 minutes into the film, and it finally gets to more recent events. It’s a by-the-numbers coverage of Trump vs. the Deep State which anyone who has read any headlines from websites like The Gateway Pundit, Daily Caller, Blacklisted News, youtubers like The Red Elephants, Black Pilled, Black Pigeon Speaks, etc. basically has a decent idea about. But this documentary goes a bit on the in-depth side of it, but not in the most efficient way. It utilizes a bunch of still photos of websites, stock news footage, etc, yet never really utilizes graphics, still photos of heads with names and line links to organizations and/or other people. It’s more tell than show. Not the best method for a documentary like this, which is basically a glorified youtube movie (like Europa: The Last Battle, except that film was done better).
There’s also a lot of lines that are all, “likely this” or “possibly that.” Comes off like Michael Moore at times.
The music tracks that continually plays throughout the film get tiring real fast as well. They needed something more subtle and atmospheric, as opposed to booming choir vocals. I swear, it gets so distracting at times it becomes difficult to hear the narrator. Plus the audio tends to cut off abruptly at times between scene changes. Did I mention this isn’t made all that well? But in all fairness, the narrator sounds good and speaks clearly, when you can hear him.
It also briefly covers heavily worn ground about Trump’s election, and how no one really thought he would be elected (again, covered by Death of a Nation, and even then it was getting to be old news). And stuff covered by that documentary Clinton Cash.
Trump getting wiretapped, controversy with Comey, war on terror during Bush administration, bullshit with the Obama administration, radical Islam, news media working hand in hand with the liberal agenda, MI6, etc. All that stuff, and they don’t mention a few significant figures. The big one being George Soros. Why the fuck isn’t that asshole mentioned, when he’s financially responsible for half the shit going wrong in the United States? In fact, why isn’t ANTIFA mentioned either? Both of them have links to the Deep State (you could say George Soros is one of the main members of the Deep State, and he’s one of the financiers of ANTIFA, let alone illegal immigration).
Bottom line, this film doesn’t cover anything new or relevant enough to preach to someone like me who they believe would be a choir boy (plus it’s too simplistic). And it’s not made well enough to pull anyone in who is of the opposing side. The quality isn’t that great, it runs for too long (2 hours and 40 minutes total; Christ, I could be watching Ben-Hur, the Charlton Heston version), and it’s just not all that investing with how it’s done. Make no mistake, there is enough content to have a decent historical informative documentary. But the execution is poor.
It’s not as informative as it should be. It’s not entertaining. It gets boring real fast (and annoying soon after). And despite me being on the side of the stuff this documentary preaches, I can’t recommend it.
PS: So about that 2 / 5 rating. I feel bad about previously giving it a 1 / 5 rating (a rating less than what I gave Ghostbusters 2016). Especially with the monetary donation they gave me (which was honestly more than I was expecting). Considering I don’t exactly disagree with the points the documentary makes, and because they asked nicely, and money sways people, I’ll boost the rating up a point. That being said, I still don’t recommend the documentary.
So today is April 20th. A day of infamy. Where everyone is encouraged to roll a joint and smoke it; bake a batch of edibles and eat ’em. It’s international pot day! It’s a day to celebrate!
It’s also Hitler’s birthday. The man who has been considered the most vile, racist, fascist, inhumane villain ever known to man (some would consider him worse than Stalin). The man who founded the Nazis. The man responsible for the Holocaust. The man responsible for attempting to take over Europe. The man responsible for making plans for Nazis to set up a base on the moon and eventually take over the world. Well ok, that last bit might be a bit over the top.
Actually, there are those who say that virtually everything in the previous paragraph is over the top, minus the birthday. That he wasn’t as villainous as many were and are taught. That there wasn’t really a Holocaust. That he wasn’t planning on taking over Europe, then the world, then the moon. How much of that is true and how much of it isn’t? Well, a documentary certainly aims to tell as much.
Rated: 4 / 5
Understand that any film we credit with changing the world is a distraction. Films don’t change the world. They react to changes in the world.
I disagree with the above quote. Because it’s been proven that propaganda can sway minds and thus influence a change in a community, in a nation, and in the world. And they don’t necessarily react to changes either, they can cause these changes. Many wouldn’t disagree that The Birth of a Nation (1915) made some changes in the United States, breathing new life into the Ku Klux Klan, which stuck around decades afterwards before dissipating again (except in the movies where they are bashed, which seems to happen roughly once a year). But an even bigger reason to disagree with it is because those who have owned all the major film studios since that very era have pretty much all been Jews. That in of itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since we all like a good movie. But we do certainly see their influence throughout history. Same thing with documentaries like Blackfish which affected Seaworld. Or Super Size Me, which impacted McDonalds.
For instance, the first major film to be released with actual audio (as in you hear what people say or sing) is The Jazz Singer (1927). In the film, a man who has been rejected by his father because of what he sings, eventually decides to use his voice at a Jewish event to help lift his father’s spirits; so that his father doesn’t die from some bout of depression or something.
Eh, I just don’t have the willpower to type up anything fancy, so I’ll just say what this documentary is. It’s a long 10+ hour documentary divided into 10 parts (sort of). It’s not professionally made. It’a basically a glorified youtuber documentary. Well that’s not entirely accurate considering YouTube won’t allow this documentary on their site. But hey, there’s always BitChute (thank God for alternative platforms). Mostly made by 1 guy by the looks of things. But he certainly did pool his information from an assload of sources. Various books, film, podcasts, documentaries, etc. All of which are listed at the end of the last episode. The episode lengths vary from 35 minutes to 2 hours (though only episodes 8 and 9 go that long).
And is the documentary overlong? Kind of. There are 2 episodes, maybe 3, that could’ve used some trimming. Here’s basically what the documentary does that bugged me with some of these excessive sequences. It talks about some event that caused a lot of pain and suffering to a lot of people, and then spends no less than 10 minutes (maybe even 30) showing interviews with these “survivors” who talk about the event(s) and cry about it. Because this documentary really wants to hit you over the head with that sadness. In all fairness, these are sad moments. But they could’ve been condensed. The point had already been made. This doesn’t happen regularly, so in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t ruin the whole documentary. But the second half of the first episode is basically like this, and it can be off-putting to some who would even dare try to watch this thing in the first place. But stick with it. You’ll want to at least make it through episode 8 to get the brunt of the impact of this documentary.
And what is this documentary? Well, for the most part, it basically tells the story of World War II from a perspective you are guaranteed not to have been taught in any school or any university. But it does more than that, it also covers the Bolshevik Revolution (and how that started and who started it), it covers World War I, it covers the Holocaust, and it then basically jumps ahead to some modern day messages about the current state of things (most of which is basically repetition to those who have been taking a good look at the state of the world through sources that aren’t considered mainstream). But the main thing it does is state who was behind much of these catastrophic events and world wars. The Jews, who wanted to establish the dreaded “New World Order,” along with an Ethnostate run by Jews and only occupied by Jews (Israel) to eventually, long term, control the world under a world Communist government.
Yeah, I know, I know, antisemitism, racism, fascism, blah blah blah, I’ve heard it all before, and you’ve heard it all before. But you likely haven’t heard much of what is in the documentary before. And it’s worth watching for that alternative perspective. Because this perspective fills in some gaps that I’ve wondered about ever since learning about these events in school. Plus it provides a very compelling case that much of what we have been told has been a lie, and provides alternative (or additional) facts that are very much worth pondering.
It’s best if I break it down episode by episode.
“First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.”
Episode 1: Primarily states that Jews were the ones that founded these major banks that have their tentacles in everything today, and have always been controlled by Jews. Just to name one example: the Rothchilds. The same organization stated to have created the Federal Reserve, which the U.S. has based its currency on ever since Woodrow Wilson allowed that to be in the 1910s. In addition, it states that the people who organized, led, and funded the Bolshevik Revolution were Jews. Because the Jews also founded Communism (and yes, Karl Marx was Jewish too). Thus when Vladimir Lenin led the Bolsheviks into taking over Russia, they turned Russia from Christian to Communist.
Episode 2: Basically talks about how it was those elitist Jews that started World War I in order to get a further grip on Europe (particularly Germany), and spread Communism. And how the Treaty of Versailles made Germany lose parts of its country, and pay an insane amount of financial reparations for the war. During post WWI, Germany was in dire straight, where everyone was in poverty and suffered, and how their society became corrupted with, well, similar stuff that many say is corrupting the U.S. today. Either way you look at it, the Germans were suffering.
Episode 3: Hitler’s rise to power, how he eventually managed to overthrow the current rulers of Germany, kick out the elitist Jews that were running the financial system (basically the equivalent of the U.S. Federal Reserve), and establish a Nationalist-Socialist form of government with its own independent financial system that brought Germany out of poverty and reparation payments. And transformed Germany into an economic powerhouse. Even those who believe Hitler was an evil son of a bitch have to admit that this achievement was nothing short of incredible, transforming the nation from one hopelessly in debt to being the most efficient and powerful economy in the world next to the United States in less than a decade. And then the episode goes on about how it was the best of times, that it was the ideal place to live in, blah blah blah.
Episode 4-5: Well, the Jews weren’t going to stand for this. They did allegedly want world control after all. So they can’t have a strong independent nation that doesn’t base their currency on elitist Jew controlled world banks now could they? So they use their communist influence (as they had communist infiltrators within just about every country, including the U.S.; something Andrew McCarthy tried to fight post-WWII) to get other countries to go to war with Germany. Starting with Poland, then France and the U.K., and eventually Russia (though Hitler managed to get Stalinist Russia to maintain a peace pact between them for a while before Russia eventually decided to turn on Germany). And it portrays Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Winston Churchill as major assholes who were influenced by elitist Jews. As for the Jews in Germany, Hitler did propose a “Final Solution,” but it wasn’t to exterminate the Jews. Rather, it was to relocate them to Madagascar. That plan fell through for various reasons. The documentary also points out how other nations (ie Axis powers) were so inspired by Germany’s sense of nationalism that they were willing to fight for Germany’s cause against the Allies. What is especially interesting is that there were Jews in Hitler’s army, fighting for his cause, intentionally. One of the reasons why the documentary points out that it is important to distinguish the elitist Jews from the regular Jews (who may or may not have supported the elitist cause, or even be Communist).
Episode 6: Part of the insurance for winning the war was to eventually get the U.S. involved. While Roosevelt did want to go along with that plan, America wasn’t exactly pro-war at the time, despite some communist propaganda and front groups (elements of this are backed by a novel I read a portion of titled Blacklisted By History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies, by M. Stanton Evans). But then came Pearl Harbor, which was apparently arranged by elitist/communist Jews who had political connections to influence the leaders. Once that attack took place, that caused American sentiment to turn from anti-war to pro-war. So they went to war with Japan and Germany (and Italy). This was the nail in the coffin for Germany, as they had no hope of winning after failing to take the capital of Russia during their initial attack and push (which happened as a result of Hitler learning that Russia was planning on breaking the pact and secretly attacking Germany). And it was even worse off for Germany once they lost the Battle of the Bulge. And the Allies firebombed the ever-loving hell out Germany, indiscriminately hitting both the military and civilian population.
Episode 7: Apparently, there was a more effective way to enter Germany and get to the capital city of Berlin besides what the Allies actually did with D-Day. But they intentionally took the long and hard way through. Why? So that Russia could have more time to push westward and be the first to take Germany’s capital. Why let the Russians get there first? So they could massacre the population. The Russians were more brutal than the Germans, and I think even mainstream sources would be willing to admit this. It was arranged that Russia would rape and pillage and kill their way towards Germany’s capital, where they would continue to do the same. This frustrated certain military commanders, such as Patton who wondered why they weren’t driving into Germany more efficiently, and why they were receiving orders to halt on occasion.
And then came the post-war. Even the mainstream narrative can’t disagree with this aspect. Post-war, the allies treated the Germans in such an inhumane and deplorable manner it baffles the mind. While it is alleged the Germans killed six million Jews during the Holocaust (something the next episode would address), the Allies caused the death of roughly 9 million Germans during a 6 year period after the war (outnumbering the number of Germans killed during the war). Via slave labor camps (ie gulags, death camps, some of which were Eisenhower camps) among other reasons. It was at this point that I thought this was pure incomprehensible insanity; that made me feel ashamed. And these motherfuckers had the balls to use the piles of German bodies from these camps as historical photos claiming them to be a part of the Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust.
In order to help rebuild Germany, there was a forced deportation of Germans from the U.S. (among other countries) to Germany that totaled between 11-12 million. To help rebuild.
Are you a man of peace
Or a man of holy war
Too many sides to you
Don’t know which anymore
So many full of life
But also filled with pain
Don’t know just how many
Will live to breathe again
A life that’s made to breathe
Destruction or defense
A mind that’s vain corruption
Bad or good intent
A wolf in sheep’s clothing
Or saintly or sinner
Or some that would believe
A holy war winner
They fire off many shots
And many parting blows
Their actions beyond a reasoning
Only God would know
And as he lies in heaven
Or it could be in hell
I feel he’s somewhere here
Or looking from below
But I don’t know, I don’t know
More pain and misery in the history of mankind
Sometimes it seems more like
The blind leading the blind
It brings upon us more famine, death and war
You know religion has a lot to answer for
And as they search to find the bodies in the sand
They find it’s ashes that are
Scattered across the land
And as the spirits seem to whistle on the wind
A shot is fired somewhere another war begins
And all because of it you’d think
That we would learn
But still the body count the city fires burn
Somewhere there’s someone dying
In a foreign land
Meanwhile the world is crying stupidity of man
Tell me why, tell me why
Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is
For the greater good of God
— Iron Maiden, For The Greater Good of God
Episode 8: And this was the episode that dealt with the Holocaust itself. It’s one of those episodes you need to see for yourself to get a real grasp of it. But in general, it basically states that the Holocaust was a lie. That the “6 million” number was invented long before WWII, that this sacred number can be found in the Jewish book The Talmud itself. And it was used as propaganda to claim that the Germans were killing that many Jews in Germany even before the Allies could enter that country to confirm this. As for the “concentration camps,” if you could call them that, there were no gas chambers. There were shower rooms, and mini-gas chambers used to disinfect clothing, as there tended to be a buildup of lice and diseases if there wasn’t some form of disinfectant (they often sprayed insect-killer on the jews in the camps). The prisoners were not treated all that harshly. And the reason many of them were put in these camps in the first place because 98% of them were communists or communist sympathizers (because the elitist Jews were all about control through Communism). Any serious investigation of these camps proves that there weren’t any gas chambers or mass graves or anything like that. However, there were plenty of deaths near the end of the war. Because the Allied bombing runs eventually hit German supply routes, leaving the camps unable to gain supplies, causing many of the prisoners to starve to death, and for the German troops charged with running the camps to abandon them. There’s more to it than that, but there’s no real way to explain it all in an adequate fashion without reading a book dedicated to it (virtually all of which have been banned from Amazon and any major retailers), or watching some documentary telling it from this perspective (like this one).
Episode 9-10: Basically epilogue episodes that go on for too long, discussing the present day situation and what the elitist Jews that run the major banks, the United Nations, the European Union, and Israel. How they want globalism, 3rd wave feminism, inclusion, diversity, mass-migration, destruction of culture, etc. Everywhere except in Israel (or China for that matter, so far). Their plans for expanding the size of Israel westward towards Egypt. And the slow awakening of nationalism in various parts of the world as a backlash against these globalist policies.
So, yeah. This documentary has some heavy stuff. Stuff that is usually dismissed as “revisionist history,” racist nonsense, pro-fascist. Dismissed without even giving it a thought. In Europe, it’s illegal to even question the legitimacy of the Holocaust, which makes me even more suspicious of it and more willing to believe the stuff in this documentary. And the way it’s presented, it’s very very convincing.
… there are some problems here with it. You have to take into account that every documentary tends to have some element of bias. And the bias of this documentary tends to overlook that Germany was nationalist to a fault at some points. For example, the White Rose movement. How the people (primarily German school students) in that anti-war movement were prosecuted and killed in Germany for spreading anti-war propaganda. And I doubt that’s the only instance of a German atrocity committed (though I’m willing to listen to those who wish to debunk that, or other alleged atrocities, like how this documentary debunked the Diary of Anne Frank, and the Holocaust). I’m always suspicious of anything that tries to portray some individual, or some party, some nation, etc., under an angelic light. And that’s what I was getting with episode 3 primarily. It was so in love with Hitler and what he did with Germany I’m pretty sure the guy who made the documentary wanted to suck Hitler’s cock. There’s no such thing as a perfect nation.
That being said, I don’t find it far-fetched that Hitler and the Nazis were villianized beyond how they were in reality. Especially considering where much of the information we gained regarding the Holocaust came from. Especially considering that, if this New World Order run by elitist communist Jews is to be believed, the Jews own or control roughly 98% of all television networks, major movie studios, major news networks, and major newspapers. Especially considering how questioning some aspects of this established history is a crime in Europe. Especially considering how Europe has now passed laws that are going to make a stranglehold on the Internet, censoring sites for “hate speech” among other things (the definition of which is whatever the elites feel like making it). I mean, just the number of anti-Nazi films that come out on a yearly basis seems to indicate they really want to keep anti-nazi sentiment fresh in everyone’s minds very very badly; even going so far as to promote the idea that “it’s ok to punch a nazi.” All so that no one will take inspiration for how successful Germany became on an economic and cultural level because of their national-socialist policies (even the word “Nazi” was a slang term created to insult that party).
If even half of the stuff this documentary teaches is true, and it certainly seems like most of it is, then it is a must watch just for the sake of hearing the other side of the story. To gain another perspective. To grasp the bigger picture of history. Or at the very least be familiar with the arguments “revisionists” have. This is not only a recommended watch, it’s a necessary one.
Though that being said, there are portions of episodes 1, 3, and 9 that you’ll probably find yourself skipping through (there’s a portion of each of those episodes where the information gets monotonous).
“You watch those nature documentaries on the cable? You see the one about lions? Look at this lion. He’s the king of the jungle, huge mane out to here. He’s laying down under a tree, in the middle of Africa. He’s so big, he’s so hot. He doesn’t want to move.
“Now the little lion cubs, they start messing with him. Biting his tail, biting his ears. He doesn’t do anything. The lioness, she starts messing with him. Coming over, making trouble. Still: nothing. Now the other animals, they notice this. And they start to move in. The jackals; hyenas.
“They’re barking at him, laughing at him. They nip his toes, and eat the food that’s in his domain. They do this, and they get closer and closer, and bolder and bolder. ‘Til one day, that lion gets up and tears the shit out of everybody. Runs like the wind, eats everything in his path. ‘Cause every once in a while, the lion has to show the jackals who he is.”
This review appears to be shadow-banned on letterboxd, so I’m porting it over here. Originally reviewed October 4, 2016.
“For example one teacher said that she felt that Darren Wilson wasn’t wrong, that she felt that he should’ve shot him.”
“And that’s what she said?”
“What was the first thing y’all said in regards to how she felt?”
“My exact words were, ‘Man did you hear what she just said? She must be crazy.’ Those were my exact words. Like, when she said it, I couldn’t believe it like, i- it all saw makin’ me feel like, makin’ me wanna stay more distant from those teachers. Like, we can’t really relate so, how can you sit there and talk to me, like, I don’t understand.”
“If they catch us, we don’t know what could happen. We could be the next Mike Brown, for real. They wonder why we just take off running. It’s not that we doin’ anything bad, we scared to be around them. If they see young black kids, trouble, that’s what they think right off the bat, trouble.”
“Black folk are seen and thought to be innately criminal. Innately terrifying. More powerful, more strong, beastly. Which is why you can have a recording of Darren Wilson referencing Mike Brown as something other than human, as an ‘it’. And if that perception is guiding our engagements with folk, the biggest problem is not about the use of weapons alone, as in physical weapons, but as in the ideological weapons we need to rage war against.”
So I went in this documentary expecting to get pissed off. At the bias. Because if there’s anything I’ve learned about the Black Lives Matter movement over the past several months, it’s that the cases of police brutality they base the foundations of their cause on are horseshit. Case in point, Michael Brown. It doesn’t take long to debunk the whole, “He was an angel who did no wrong to the officer or to anybody,” theory. A video here, a video there, and you realize that the officer was in fact within his legal and logical rights to shoot that guy. But no matter. Once it made headlines by the biased sack of shit news media that chose to spin the story in the most racially-motivated way possible (as they continue to do to this day), the riots began.
Justice for Brown. Hands up, don’t shoot (a situation that didn’t happen at all, so even that is built upon a lie). So let’s also loot and burn down some buildings while we’re at it. The court house? The police station? No, that’s too dangerous, let’s take out the easy targets.
The riots were bullshit, and anyone who loots stores that had nothing to do with the events are sacks of shit, I don’t care if they’re crackers or niggers.
And of course the documentary didn’t cover any of that. Because the poor suffering black community has to be held in a shining light. It’s bullshit manipulation.
That being said, the documentary did go into a direction of understanding that I wasn’t expecting. Because the black community in Ferguson was (is) poor, the black community in Ferguson was (is) suffering. But it’s not because police are discriminately killing black people left and right because their racist emotions got the better of them. Oh no, it’s more logical than that, though no less anger-inducing. The city of Ferguson (and a portion of the city of St. Louis from what I understand) initially had a housing plan that developed in the 60s. Long story short, it fell through, and the city began doing horribly financially. And what’s the best way to generate income for the city if there is a sector of Missouri that isn’t offering a source of income due to failed businesses and minimum wage housing where the black community lives paycheck to paycheck (how and why the housing plan initially failed is left out of the documentary)? By ticketing the shit out of them. Get police to patrol areas and target low-wage earners for citations and ticketing, at which point they will go to court, where they can’t afford a lawyer, and they will most likely plead guilty to it, and they will be stuck having to pay off the fine, which is anything but cheap for them. Add onto that fact that there are more tickets that citizens living in the city, and you’ve got yourself a very bad state of affairs. But it got the city the money income it was looking for to keep itself going. And to make sure the process got more effective, they would hire more and more police officers.
“You need so many police officers that you start getting to a point where the quality of those police officers I think is being compromised, to say the least.”
This explains perfectly why there is such disdain between the black community and the police force. So why isn’t this in the news more often? Because it targets the higher ups? Top officials? Well if there’s any good that came out of this, it’s that ever since the riots and protests, despite how misdirected they were, something happened as a result of this.
“On March 4 , the U.S. Department of Justice issued a scathing report of the Ferguson Police Department. It confirmed that officers violated constitutional rights by disproportionately targeting African-Americans and exploiting them as sources of revenue.”
As a result, the mayor and the police chief and a few others stepped down from their positions. Now one can only hope that progress will be made. But to be honest, I’m not entirely sure how. What is an honest and legal alternative mean for the city to generate income and not go bankrupt? Is progress being made towards such a goal? I don’t know. I’m not an expert on the subject, and I just don’t know. What I do know is that, if there’s to be protesting, it would go a lot better if they picked their spots and methods for protesting more logically. Such as in front of the court house where they are given their fines to pay, or in front of the police station where the cops are at who hand out these tickets, or at the mayor’s office.
There is an injustice being done in similar towns with similar black communities, but this isn’t a nationwide epidemic as far as racism is concerned. Believe me, if they could pull this off on a white community, or dare I say a mixed community, they would. And they do. Because I’ve lived in and been to such communities. It’s nothing new for the police force to seek out giving tickets to citizens, because that generates their paycheck and is what keeps the courts going and generates revenue for the city. There needs to be a better way than that. This is something to focus on, on a city by city basis. So why can’t something like that be the focus of the media as opposed to this racially/viewership-motivated cherry-picking those fuckers do?
Michael Brown, Black Lives Matter, Hand up Don’t shoot, those are built on lies. The anger built from mistreatment by the police and the city government is not. Can we find some common ground here?
I expected this documentary to be more of a one-sided “make peace, not war” film which showed how muslims are becoming unjustly discriminated against and imprisoned for being potential jihadists, but are really just nice people.
To my surprise, that’s not what this is.
This takes a hard look at both sides. The film mainly focuses on one incident where this guy gets arrested and charged and sentenced for 4 counts of conspiracy, an American born and raised muslim. It focuses on the family members, mainly the sister and occasionally the mother, who are saddened by this and say that there is no way he would ever do such a thing, etc. I expected the film to mostly compose of that, until it showed the other side, one of the officials discussing how he and others were tracking this guy, what led them to eventually arrest and charge him, why they did so, their history with cases like this, and so on. It becomes a very muddled grey area, where you can’t be sure if this guy was as innocent as his family claims, or not.
But the film doesn’t just focus on that small scale. Throughout the runtime, it goes bigger, talking about how people become jihadists, how they become terrorists, incidents involving terror attacks (mainly the Boston marathon bombing and the Fort Hood attack), the culture and atmosphere of the environments such events lead to, etc. It even mentions the English speaking magazines written by whosoever that talk about how one can become a terrorist, make bombs, how to attack, etc. How a bad economy makes opportunities more rife for citizens to become terrorists.
But most importantly of all, the film even offers a solution to the problem (not some solution that’s going to guarantee jihadist attacks never happen again, there’s no such thing as a 100% guaranteed solution, terror attacks have always happened since the beginning of civilization). That teachers and families must not be afraid to confront and discuss this issue with their children. Because one way or another, children will get curious enough to go online and look this stuff up and come to their own conclusions. Better to discuss it early on, at the right age, when they can be educated on why it’s bad and so on. Because one of the reasons some people go on to become terrorists, bad economy aside, is because it’s a subject considered too taboo for school and families. That’s bullshit, and that’s the wrong stance to take. It should be discussed, it should be talked about, there should be discussions about it.
The finale of the film couldn’t have been done any better. It all comes to a head when the CIA official, who talked about the why and how of arresting that potential terrorist guy, gets in the same room as that guy’s family, his sister and mother. They talk about the whole incident. Was it wrong? What should they have done? If they could go back would they change anything? Role reversal? Etc. It’s a fantastic thought provoking sequence that has no clear easy answers to it. It’s worth sitting through the entire film just to get to that moment it’s been building up to.
That being said, they could’ve trimmed a couple minutes off the runtime during some portions. But as is, it’s actually a fairly good documentary. It’s not as one-sided as you might think, takes a look at several sides (including the side of a muslim teacher who discusses the importance of the cultural learning and the consequences of not making the hard subjects talking points), and is something that I honestly think should be considered for viewing in modern culture classes.
This documentary I’ve been wanting to see for a while. But I’ve been putting it off because, well, despite wanting to see it, I always find some excuse to watch/do something else instead. But now we’re in September, the anniversary is approaching again, and now seems as good a time as any. Not sure if I’ll be able to do any more of these types of reviews for 9/11 after this. I mean, I’ve already reviewed The Path to 9/11 extensively, and that 2-part miniseries still banned by Disney is probably never going to be topped in terms of there being a great movie made on the subject. I’ve reviewed World Trade Center and United 93, which are the only other 2 decent films on 9/11 (the latter being the best one next to Path to 9/11). I’ve even reviewed Path to Paradise which covers the 1993 world trade center bombings which would eventually lead to the 9/11 incident. I even reviewed Loose Change and unleashed my wrath on that piece of shit documentary.
To put it simply, I’ve just about run out of steam on this topic. This might be the last one I’ll review for this incident (unless some other film gets released on the topic which grabs my attention, which I doubt will happen, taking into account a few factors that makes Hollywood want to whitewash history in ways that have nothing to do with white supremacy). So, with all that said…
Review of 9/11
The film was made primarily by 2 French brothers who wanted to make a documentary about New York City firefighters (and remained more respectful towards American patriotism than fucking Damien Chazelle did with his movie). The first 20 minutes, barring some foreshadowing during the first minute, is pretty much filmed with this in mind. Just showing these New York City firefighters going about their daily business, and primarily following a new rookie who learns the ins and outs of it all. Bonds are formed, it is shown how anything can happen that can take a firefighter’s life in an unexpected instant, and the foreign brothers are eventually accepted among the crew as a sort of family after a little over 2 months of filming (they started at around July 2001).
And then September 11 comes, and one of the brothers manages to capture the only known footage of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center. Then everything changes. The whole purpose of the documentary, the firefighter’s routine for that day, the lives of citizens in New York City, and all of America. Everything changed. From there one of the brothers follows the firefighters into the base level of the tower, where many firefighters in the city would setup operations and try to figure out how they were going to deal with this. And as we should know, there was no contingency plan for something like this. They weren’t sure what to do other than to evacuate as many as they could. Plus since the impact of the plane knocked out tower communications, the firefighters could only rely on their radios, which got overloaded with communication between multiple houses/ladders/districts.
What is interesting is the restraint the film-maker shows while he’s shooting amidst the chaos. There’s one moment where he enters the tower for the first time, and remarks narratively on how he didn’t turn the camera in a certain direction to avoid filming these two people who were on fire. Because he didn’t believe anyone should have to see that. So he kept himself restricted to just following the other firefighters into the main lobby. Have to admit, most film-makers I’ve seen, they would’ve tried to capture that sight. Under the context and circumstance, I actually found this restraint admirable. On a similar note, the other thing not shown is the aftermath of people falling from the upper floors of the tower to their doom. Some of the firefighters describe the site, of blood and dismembered legs and arms covering much of the ground around the tower, but no footage of such is shown. Another act of restraint that is also appreciated. With that said, you still here the screams of those off-camera and on fire. You still hear the loud slams of jumpers hitting the concrete (unsettling to say the least).
While one brother is in the tower, the other is attempting to make his way to the tower, and he captures other significant moments, such as a brief instant of the 2nd plane hitting the 2nd tower (while the other brother capture the debris of that impact falling down outside the windows of the first tower), and showing footage of one of the plane engines on the sidewalk, several blocks away from the tower. A plane engine that got ejected from impact, flew several blocks away, smashed into a road sign and then settled onto the sidewalk below. Amazingly, from what I understand (and correct me if I’m wrong), but it doesn’t seem like anyone got injured from all the debris that flew away from the towers, excluding those few buildings that caved in next to the towers, including WTC 7. Even amidst all this, somehow, some way, the film-maker managed to capture an irony. Right behind this plane engine is a sign that says, “Do not litter.” Have to admit, despite the gravity of the situation, it got a chuckle out of me.
Eventually the first tower falls, and the one brother was still inside along with many other firefighters when it happened. Miraculously, he manages to survive along with most of the other firefighters (but not all). Not long after they manage to make their way out, the 2nd tower falls, and they run again from the debris, only to be forced to take cover behind vehicles as the debris and dust clouds overtake them.
Yes, the film does get quite gripping after those first 20 minutes. The intensity eventually starts to relent when the survivors make their way back to the firestation, and regroup and re-coordinate their efforts. Then the film has a long drawn out epilogue showcasing the lives that got lost. And I get it, this is a sad moment of remembrance as we see the faces of those firefighters who lost their lives, but I can only stay sympathetic for so long before I get bored out of my mind with this and the musical eulogy. It would’ve been better if all that played alongside the end-credits. Then again, the end credits aren’t all that long, because this documentary was made by a very small team on an independent budget, almost like a college project or something.
Despite that, this remains one of the most gripping ground-zero films out there on the 9/11 incident next to 102 Minutes That Changed America. That documentary comes just as highly recommended as this one, possibly even more-so. It also shows footage from everyday citizens who took their cameras out to film the incident as it unfolded after the first plane hit. While the 9/11 documentary shows it primarily from the perspective of the firefighters, 102 Minutes shows it from the perspective of everyday New Yorkers, from several perspectives of random people who each own their own video recorder. Both documentaries act as the perfect companion piece to each other.
A part of me is tempted to bring up the other stuff when thinking outside the box. The political/cultural implications, how things changed for the worse, or in some cases how some say it changed for the better. The other part of me is telling myself not to go down that route, to just look back on these videos, these moments in time. But to what end? To remember? And why remember? What’s the point of remembering? The same reason one would remember history, to learn from it. I may regret it, I may hate myself later for it, but I’m giving in to the former temptation. Because when I think back on events like this and how it caused things to change over the years, up to where we are today, I come back to remembering this one commercial that somehow managed to come to the forefront of my memories.
How this imagery used to be true for a while, until it wasn’t by no later than 2015 in many places. Once a tragedy that caused Americans to unite together as patriots against an enemy that attacked them (though our retaliation became muddled amidst political and corporate interests, which many became aware of as the years went on), has now faded into the opposite spectrum. Many now sympathize with the religion that is one of the root causes of violence worldwide today rather than be critical of it (at the very least one should be critical of the radicals to keep them in check so that this so-called religion of peace can be practiced as such). Many now spit upon patriotism by kneeling and flag-burning, while being praised by mainstream media and various corporate entities for doing such.
And all this just makes me wonder what the hell happened? How did it come to this? Why is it that those who once decried extremist terrorists and united against them now attack each other while a portion ally themselves with terrorism in one form or another? What would happen if some 9/11 event happened today amidst all this? Would such a tragedy give us cause to unite again once more for a time, or would it somehow divide us further? Back then one could fault the government for its inadequate security measures and not taking such things seriously enough. But who would be blamed today if something like this happened again? Sure, the government, or at least a branch of it, would be blamed. But I fear we have somehow devolved into a state where citizens would be blaming each other as well. And the worst part is that I wouldn’t think they would be entirely in the wrong either. What kind of country with such division and such anti-patriotism would be worth defending by its own citizens?
So I ask what will it take to get us all together again (or at least most of us) before some other big tragedy strikes? What will it take for everyone to see and act with reason? Because I’m honestly not sure how that can be done without an age of violence that can cause us to move down one path or the other. The question is whether that path will be the correct one that leads to a brighter future, or one that leads us to a dark age that generations must suffer through before things are made right again. Or, dare I say, we go down a path that leads towards our ultimate destruction?
What I do know is that an entire nation shouldn’t be damned just because some aspects of it are corrupted. Damn those aspects, not everything around it. Being anti-patriotic and hating your own country is not the path to take. Seeking self-destruction and taking all that you can down with you is not the path to take. Being filled with such (self) loathing never leads to anything good. Rather, love yourself and your country enough to want the best for it, to attempt to fix the imperfections within it, to make it a better country. That includes listening to the advice of others and gaining elements of wisdom and knowledge to know better which actions to take. Individualism is important, but so is some sense of unity, some sense of brotherhood, sisterhood, family, friendship, ethos. Find a way to compromise, find a way to be tolerant (except towards those who will never be anything but intolerant), find a way to come together.
After all, it was that togetherness, that patriotism, that love for one another, that caused many to act selflessly saving the lives of others during 9/11. There can be many instances found during that tragic day of other Americans helping other fellow Americans survive, amidst the chaos, amidst all that was going wrong. And not just the police who protect (because despite what some may say, there are plenty of good cops who do protect), or the firemen who save, but also everyday Americans who are capable of protecting and saving in their own way. It is another reason to never forget.
PS: Made this tribute a few days early of the anniversary mainly to encourage others to track down and watch a couple of these films. Especially The Path to 9/11, if you can.
Condescending broad generalizations, get real old real fast! Yeah! Just because most hippies and their parents have sold out, does not mean that you (yeah you), and your children,and their kids won’t last! Say your prayers, with the death of a nation! Say your prayers, for a dead a generation!
— Anti-Flag, Death of a Nation
Alright cocksuckers, time to get political. Don’t want to deal with that, then don’t read the review (or maybe you just don’t want to here the opinion of someone who supports this movie and would rather spend your time reading all the “<= 1 star” reviews that support your confirmation bias). For everyone else who is either the intended audience for this film, or isn’t but is actually legitimately curious as to what some of the film’s supporters have to say about it, hopefully some of which may be interested in a discussion to sway minds, feel free to proceed.
NOTE: To Letterboxd moderators, strike this review down like you did with The Red Pill, it will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. Zwoo Zwish.
“I’m going to judge each and every customer who comes to see this.” — Chadwin
Alright, so first thing I got to say about this movie is that it isn’t the best-made film out there. In the end, it’s basically a glorified History Channel special with a longer running time and a… well I’m honestly not sure if I can say a higher budget because some of the special effects are shit, including Hitler’s mustache. But in all fairness, the History Channel wouldn’t air shit like this because they’re selective in what they’ll show nowadays (and for the past few years). They’d rather do reality-tv stuff and Ancient Aliens. If they tried to make some documentary like this, it would derail fast.
Second, the interviews. This film does the one thing that makes me skeptical of any and every interview segment done in documentaries, or even news broadcasts. Continual cutting between people talking. As in the camera doesn’t stay focused on the speaker the entire time, but cuts back and forth between the person listening, and some other clips/flashbacks. It’s enough to make one think they’re altering what’s being said to fit the intended narrative. The funny thing it though, it does the exact same thing whenever Dinesh D’Souza is speaking to the person he’s interviewing too. So now I’m wondering if he’s (overly) biased with his presentation of interviews, or if he really is this terrible of a film-maker.
Make no mistake, whether you agree or disagree with the message of this film, there’s no denying that Dinesh just isn’t cut out for making movies. Now I say this having not seen his other previous works, though I am aware of their existence. They just didn’t really interest me enough for various reasons. America: Imagine The World Without Her. No. I’m not into “what ifs” or “what could’ve beens”, at least not when the entire movie is based around that idea. 2016: Obama’s America. What’s the point when we are pretty much living in Obama’s America in 2016? What does it matter if the movie is right or wrong on whatever points it makes? Didn’t seem like it was going to make any difference or change anyone’s mind, thus it failed to make me interested in seeing it, as it comes off as pointless and only existing for confirmation bias. Hillary’s America. That one I wanted to see, until I saw the trailer. The movie just looked so fucking bad, I just didn’t care about the message at that point. The acting, the sets, the bluntness; I wasn’t sure if I should laugh or roll my eyes or both. I would rather see him give a speech at a college campus about the message of the movie; which he did, and I did watch that, and I’m pretty sure it’s preferable to watching the film. Alternatively, I guess I could’ve read the book.
So what made me want to see this movie rather than the others? The title and the message seemed more overall relevant, at least enough to allow me to get through the budget bullshit of historical re-enactments (I mean, to be fair, they are on-par with most History Channel stuff, but that’s why I don’t watch most of today’s History Channel stuff; use some fucking still photos, it’s cheaper that way, and probably more convincing). The message being how America is likely in a downward spiral towards implosion (ie self-destruction), and drawing parallels to other nations of the past which suffered similar fates. That of Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, and Rome. Unfortunately, regarding the latter, the film just says Rome’s name at the beginning as an example of nations that fell, but that’s where Rome’s significance with the film’s message begins and ends. He never talks about the how/why it fell compared to how he covered Germany and Italy (though in the case of those 2 nations, they’re still around, they just had to pick themselves up after getting beaten down badly while under the rule of fascist dictators; actual fascist dictators, without stretching the definition like people do today).
It does take a while for the film to get to that point though, getting to the actual meat of the subject matter. Until then, you have to put up with the first 20 minutes (or so). First there’s the terrible re-enactment of the last act of that movie Downfall. Then there’s the whole coverage of Trump during his 2015 and 2016 rise to presidency, which will either be sweet music to your ears, or nails on a chalkboard, depending on your political views and how much entertainment you find in seeing leftists laugh at Trump’s chances and then seeing them melt down in despair over the election results (I’m of the sweet music variety myself).
Once it gets past all that, then the film finally gets going. Mentioning ANTIFA and their rioting and silencing of opposing speakers on campuses, plus their destruction of property. The leftist’s tactics of doing everything they can to take Trump out in one fashion or another, starting with recounting the election results in some states (which had the opposite desired effect), then calling on the Hollywood has-beens to convince the electoral college to not do their duty and vote the way the voters want them to vote, which ended up failing despite the death threats they received. So then they went for calling Trump racist/sexist/fascist/etc., all the stuff you’ve heard before in one form or another, especially if you’ve been on any social media site at anytime from 2017 and onward. And, of course, there’s the currently ongoing Mueller investigation which probably isn’t going to turn up anything significant.
The film does mention that the media is biased in their coverage of Trump, but it doesn’t spend anywhere near enough time on this topic, considering the parallels it will draw on later, mainly with Hitler’s Germany. Same thing with what schools are teaching, which it spends even less time on (which is probably only a few seconds). Maybe if the film did that instead of having these 2 pause moments where some patriotic music is being sung, once by this lady on a stage (where the fuck is John Wilkes? He needed to get out of that booth and shoot me in the head to put me out of my misery during that segment), and a second time just before the end credits by this black choir (the entire time I was thinking, “Lord murder me now”; make that a choir song).
State lies dressed up as evening news We’re tired of lies we want the truth Broadcast by corpses courting you We’re tired of lies we want the truth
Most people they will never know We’re tired of lies we want the truth With you or against you? Then I am against you because you’re a
Turncoat, killer, liar, thief Criminal with protection of the law I can’t hear you Turncoat, killer, liar, thief Criminal with protection of the law
In your corner, makes me wanna, oh Douse myself in gasoline Civil servants fall in line for you Too brainwashed to see the truth You use anyone you can
Anyway, the film draws parallels between Mussolini’s blackshirts, Hitler’s Nazis, and the actions of ANTIFA, the media, and the police. How the blackshirts cracked down on protesters and were eventually given power as militia to maintain order under Mussolini. The Nazis more or less did the same under Hitler in Germany (after one failed attempt anyway). The news sources were only to report specific news bits and not others, supporting these new radicals and not condemning them, ultimately assisting in their rise to power. And the police stood down to let these groups go on cracking down on protesters, and teachers in school who weren’t teaching students the way Hitler/Mussolini demanded.
In the case of Germany, they also wanted to purge Communists and Jews from the nation. Communists for having a different ideology, being more loyal to Communism and Russia than to the Fuhrer and Germany. The Jews, uh, honestly I’m still not sure why they wanted to crack down on them. Because Hitler hated himself or something? Well in any case, the Nazis molded their method of purging Jews after the method Democrats had during that time period of labeling black people as second-class citizens. Democrats had this “1 drop” policy, indicating that 1 drop of negro blood makes you black and thus a second-class citizen, meaning that if just one parent or grandparent in your lineage was black, you’re second-class. Something that was pointed out in the film Free State of Jones. The Nazis thought this was too harsh (which I think is hilarious, the assholes who went genocide on people of a religion, they thought the democrats and KKK were too harsh for treating blacks as second-class citizens; priorities). So they implemented a 3 drop policy instead, meaning if you had 3 parents or grandparents who were Jewish, you were labelled a Jew, and less than a citizen, and eligible for the camps and the chambers. Wonder if Hitler fit those parameters.
Anyway, apparently, prior to WWII, or at least prior to learning of the said concentration camps and genocide of the Jewish people, the democrats, and Franklin D. Roosevelt admired Hitler, for his rise to power, for turning Germany into a more efficient socialist populist country, and felt honored to know he based some element of his policies off of that of the democrat handbook. But once the war ended and the genocide became known, the democrats had a change of heart. They couldn’t be found to be associated with Germany at that point, not in that way. So they took inspiration out of the Nazi’s handbook, to censor/rewrite history, stating that they had nothing to do with Hitler’s policies, being an inspiration or otherwise, and shift that onto the republican right, something they would also do during the 1960s civil rights movement.
As the poster for the film indicates, Dinesh also attempts to draw parallels between Abraham Lincoln and Donald Trump, stating that both were elected during a time when there was pushback against democratic racism, which would end up igniting a civil war. However, it is here that Dinesh is stretching. Granted, there are some similarities between the two presidents when it came to the social/political climate, but it really oversimplifies history when stating that the civil war happened because Lincoln became president. While it’s true that may have been a factor, that wasn’t the sole factor, and probably not even the primary factor. No more than slavery was (again, it was a factor, but probably not the primary factor). There was also the economic and social differences between the North and the South, with how the North was developing advanced technology while the South stayed a bit more on the, for lack of a better word, primitive side of technology. State rights vs. Federal rights. Unions and workers. It was about how the North was evolving into a new way of life while the South wanted to stay in an older way of life. The development of technology that would make slaves picking cotton an inefficient and outdated method compared to technology that would do if for plantation owners, the North embraced this, the South did not. Both sides had rights and wrongs, but neither were able to resolve their differences through dialogue and compromise. So the war came.
So the film gets docked a point for that parallel attempt. But it does get a partial point back for pointing out that there were still plenty of Democrats in the North during the civil war who were very much pro-slavery, who were against the president, even as war was tearing the country apart. Personally, I would’ve found it amusing if the documentary also pointed out the parallels between Hollywood actors of today tend to be anti-Trump, and how John Wilkes Booth was clearly anti-Lincoln. There’s some similarities the film doesn’t address that feel like missed opportunities.
Well, they’re planting the seeds on destruction’s eve. Then take away your rights to keep you free. Yeah they’re planting the seeds on destruction’s eve. Then take away your rights to keep you free on your knees still the vengeance of the world will target you! DOWN ON YOU? DOWN ON YOOOOOOOOU?!!!
Our flesh turned to ash will scatter in the wind.
BOOM BOOM BOOM!
Such a wicked force you had never seen though countless times it took place in your name.
BOOM BOOM BOOM!
Your apathy comes with a price tag after all it seems.
–Anti-Flag, When You Don’t Control Your Government People Want To Kill You
There is plenty of other stuff in the movie, and once it starts the whole parallel game, it moves at a very fast pace, so fast you’re forced to keep paying attention lest you lose some factoid that could fly over your head. But I’ll only mention 2 other bits.
1.) Dinesh interviews this guy who is considered to be one of the most popular white fascist neo-nazis in America today, Richard Spencer. Now personally, I didn’t really know anything about this guy until this film. I mean, I’ve heard his name mentioned before, and I might’ve heard it being associated with white supremacy, but it’s always been more as an afterthought, as a “I couldn’t care less.” So seeing some build-up to his reputation and then seeing the interview segment, I found it kind of interesting. At first, I was trying to figure out if there was anything wrong with this guy, for someone many associate (by generalization, of course) with Trump and thus use that as a means to label both as white supremacists. But the further the interview went on, the more distinct Spencer’s views became from Trump. On top of that, his philosophical beliefs became more clear, and it became more obvious why he’s such a controversial figure. He only wants white people to immigrate (legally) into America. He doesn’t really believe much in the visa policy. And, in some sense that’s not quite as simple as many would make it out to be, he does believe whites are superior, but not in a neo-nazi kind of way. In any case, Dinesh does point out flaws in some areas of his beliefs, while at the same time showcasing how generalizing and “guilt-by-association” is dangerous for people on all sides, no matter their political stance or personal beliefs.
2.) The White Rose movement in Nazi Germany during the last years of the war. Up until this film, I hadn’t heard of White Rose or Sophie Scholl. For those who don’t know, she and her brother and other family/friends printed anti-nazi, anti-Hitler propaganda and secretly mailed it to citizens, pasted them in phone booths and random places in various cities, and placed them around classrooms and dormitories in schools. However, she was eventually caught, tried, and executed, along with her brother. and acquaintance. She was brought up near the end of the film as an example on how to win against true fascism, against true oppression, against censorship and socialist rule. Would’ve helped if the film mentioned how her efforts and martyrdom actually helped Germany, but it seemed content just to show someone being the equivalent of a modern right-wing blogger/youtuber dying for a cause.
But that wasn’t enough to satisfy me. So after getting home from the cinemas, I proceeded to look up some facts on this person, and was rewarded by finding a film titled Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. It fleshed things out a bit, and opened up another point of view in Germany during WWII. Yes there was rule by Nazis, harsh rules, strict penalties. But you also gain insight into others who don’t identify as Nazis. As those who are just German citizens. Publicly, they support the Fuhrer. But you can tell with some subtle manners and expressions, they do so out of fear of retaliation. That many don’t want to see Germany continue to be this way. So they stay silent (silent majority?) and cooperative with the Nazis and the National Socialist Party (ok, I guess those are the same thing in this case) rather than have the balls to revolt. But not those in the White Rose movement. Not Sophie Scholl. She hoped to inspire others to revolt and stop the madness. And after her death, one of the last leaflets was smuggled out of Germany, and mass printed by the U.S., and they rained copies of the leaflet down onto Germany in mid-1943. All this from a student who hated seeing how not just her school, but her country was turning out due to censorship, media, and a fanatical ruler and socialist party.
And today the damn thing is beginning to repeat itself. It’s been happening in the U.K. with Tommy Robinson, it’s starting to happen in the U.S., particularly where anyone would want the brainwashing to begin, at the schools and campuses. But it’s not just a political party (disguised as a religion) making all this happen, it’s also a religion (disguised as a political party). The film opts not to bring up the religion portion of all this.
Despite the flaws, this film is relevant enough to be worth watching today, if nothing else than as a conversation starter, something to encourage critical-thinking and further research into the subjects covered in this film. But that’s the difficult part, as I’ve seen. From the opposing reviews I’ve read so far, many aren’t interested in digging deeper to find the flaws or embellishments, to compose constructive arguments for or against the film. Many would rather just label it as nonsense just on principal, on the principals they’ve been taught and raised with by people just as ignorant as them. But to be fair, I’ve spotted at least one article that at least attempts to make a sound argument against the film. Case in point, Vadim Rizov of AVClub:
To prove that Hitler wasn’t a “right-winger” but truly belongs to the left, D’Souza notes that the dictator is often deemed right-wing because he’s perceived as homophobic. (Well, yes.) But in fact, that’s incorrect, because Hitler tolerated homosexuals in the brownshirts as long as they were good fighters; ergo, he wasn’t homophobic, and by extension he’s not right-wing. Beyond the ridiculousness of the claim, D’Souza either missed the logical conclusion of his own argument—that to be right-wing is to be homophobic—or hopes the audience doesn’t clock the trap he’s set for himself.
The problem with this is that he’s cherry-picking. This isn’t anywhere near the only argument Dinesh makes for Hitler not being a right-winger (though I will agree it is one of his weakest). As stated earlier, there’s also his socialistic policies taken in-part from the democratic playbook (at the time), with how a socialist regime should operate, with how to repress citizens that can be made out to be enemies of the state, for the sake of having a scapegoat if nothing else (though I do believe Hitler had a belief about the Aryan race being superior and thus mandating non-Aryans be wiped out, similar to how blacks were viewed pre-1970s, let alone pre-civil war). Plus how FDR among other democrats admired Hitler (as did JFK during the 1930s, though this isn’t mentioned in this film). The gay segment was put in less as an attempt to separate Hitler from the right-wing than to say, “In some respects, he wasn’t as terrible as democrats in this regard.” You know, like saying at least people don’t freeze to death in Death Valley, California.
One more bit from that article:
The reason D’Souza interviews Spencer is to prove that Trump is not a white nationalist; to that end, he asks Spencer questions about whether he loves America and the flag. Spencer spouts exactly the same kind of racist drivel he says in any situation (along with inexplicably citing James Polk as one of his favorite presidents), D’Souza says that he sounds more like a liberal than a conservative, and Spencer, predictably, doesn’t care; if that makes him a liberal, he’s fine with that. Case closed: Donald Trump loves Ronald Reagan and conservatism, unlike Richard Spencer, and therefore he’s not racist. That D’Souza carefully (“respectfully”) talks with Spencer, taking great pains not to overtly attack him, solely to make this inane non-point, is staggering.
Oversimplifying the conversation and cherry-picking yet again. There’s also the immigration stances, Spencer’s views on whites as opposed to any other race, how no life is special, among other things I don’t recall many hours after viewing the movie. Plus there’s more to be gained from his interview with Spencer than just, “This is how he differs from Trump.”
And it’s easy to spot ignorance when SJWs and radical left-wingers make statements that are usually groundless rather than a well-composed argument. Those who just say it’s ridiculous hogwash rather than stating specifics as to what makes it hogwash. Those who follow an SJW policy as blindly as many followed the Nazi policies in WWII, both in and out of classrooms. And who believe it’s the right thing to do to silence opposition by shouting them down, by censoring them, and by attacking them; rather than by reasoning.
You can spoon my eyes out, But I can still see through you Slice my ears from my head, But you cannot shut out the sounds of truth Lock off each hand at the wrist, So I can’t raise my fist.
You can kill the protester, But you can’t kill the protest You can murder the rebel, You can’t murder the rebellion Sawed my feet at the ankles, But I wasn’t going to run So he grabbed my face, And sliced off my tongue Lock off each hand at the wrist, So I can’t raise my fist You can kill the protester, But you can’t kill the protest You can murder the rebel, You can’t murder the rebellion
–Anti-Flag, You Can Kill The Protester, But You Can’t Kill The Protest
The film doesn’t flesh out its points enough to be great, and it doesn’t help that some of the re-enactment scenes look so cheap. And even though I’m a patriot, those 2 song segments annoyed the shit out of me. But if you can look past that and focus on practically everything else that happens after the first 20 minutes, you’ll find relevant information. The film may not fully succeed in the whole parallel thing, since it misses opportunities in some regards and reaches too far in others, but it does hit enough of the time. Where the film primarily succeeds is in taking the arguments many SJWs come up with against Trump, and his supporters, and right-wingers in general, and throws them back in their face by exposing their own hypocrisy. This is a film I would normally give 2 1/2 stars, but it’s current relevance gives it that extra half star. This isn’t a film that will likely stand the test of time. Most politically-driven documentaries don’t.
If Dinesh ends up making another film, he’s better off letting someone else direct and edit it. He’s better as a writer and speaker than he is as a film-maker.
So this documentary series was recommended by a reviewer or two after watching the Ken Burns and Lynn Novack PBS documentary from 2017 (which left me wanting, and feeling cheated, by the end). When I found out that this documentary series was censored via its 2004 DVD release (compared to it’s 1987 VHS release), that sealed the deal. I would watch this, but not before tracking down the original VHS set, which I acquired on eBay for about as much as I payed for the Blu-Ray Ken Burns documentary. Watched it in its original VHS glory, then burned them onto my computer, and later compared and contrasted the VHS versions with the DVD version (the latter of which are currently available on youtube; only a couple of the VHS episode versions are on youtube as of this writing). And unfortunate to say, I’m seeing a pattern here with documentaries of old compared to documentaries of new, and revised versions of documentaries of old. But either way, I can definitively say this, Vietnam – A Television History is a far better documentary on Vietnam than the 2017 PBS version is. While the PBS version spent a respectable 18 hours on the subject spanning over 10 episodes, the VHS version spends 13 hours over a span of 13 episodes (while the DVD version only has 11 episodes, thus only 11 hours), and still manages to provide a better understanding of it all.
I’ll be referencing the uncut VHS edition from here on (at least up until the end). If you want to see how badly the DVD version fucked things up, I uploaded several youtube videos (and 1 bitchute video, because fuck youtube and its censorship bullshit) highlighting the differences between the VHS and DVD versions, mainly showing what was left out (not in any stylish way, I decided to keep it simple and therebye subtly encourage those who are interested to track down the VHS editions to get the full experience if they’re interested). You can see them here (though the last episode is missing simply because the DVD version left out the last episode entirely):