Though conservative political commentator, writer, and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was arraigned Friday for charges that he made illegal campaign contributions—a charge that many on the right suspect to be more political bullying by the administration—D’Souza’s production team assured the public that his next documentary, America, is right on schedule for release on July 4th of this year.
D’Souza is being investigated for alleged illegal campaign contributions for candidate Wendy Long, who ran and lost for Hillary’s U.S. Senate seat in 2012. D’Souza’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, however, maintains that D’Souza never acted with “any corrupt or criminal intent.”
The new documentary’s co-producer, Gerald Molen (Rain Man, Schindler’s List, Minority Report), cited the possibility that the charges against D’Souza were political retribution for D’Souza’s unflattering critique of Obama in his surprise hit documentary 2016: Obama's America. The documentary made headlines for its critical ideological and psychological portrait of Obama and grossed $33 million in the year of Obama’s re-election campaign, enough to make it the 2nd highest earning documentary, behind Michael Moore’s anti-Bush Fahrenheit 911.
Molen told The Hollywood Reporter:
When American citizens begin to suspect that people are being arrested for alleged minor violations because of their vocal dissent against their elected representatives or rulers, it breeds disrespect and contempt for the law and suspicion of those officials. If this unfortunate action against Dinesh is intended to deter the release of his upcoming film, America, that effort will fail.
D’Souza’s America argues that current mainstream liberalism is ideologically identical to 1960s radicalism, portraying the United States as an aggressive, plundering nation that has made its wealth from using the resources of those it has dominated, including Native American tribes and African slaves.
America is directed by John Sullivan (who co-directed 2016 with D’Souza) and co-produced by Molen and Gray Frederickson.