'Hillary's America' to be Rereleased in Theaters as Presidential Campaign Heats Up
The documentary movie is "driving the intellectual content of the campaign right now," says filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza.
The decision by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to trade barbs over whose party is more racist has been a godsend for Dinesh D'Souza, who will rerelease his latest film, Hillary's America, in 400 theaters this weekend, The Hollywood Reporter learned Wednesday.
D'Souza's movie is about the history of the Democratic party, including its early support of the Ku Klux Klan and opposition to the emancipation of slaves.
Hillary's America first opened on July 15 and earned $12.5 million at the box office, good enough to be the most successful documentary this year, but well shy of D'Souza's debut film, 2016: Obama's America, in 2012, as well as his follow-up film, America: Imagine a World Without Her. The latter made $14.4 million in 2014. A rerelease of Hillary's America, however, could vault it past D'Souza's 2014 film.
Hillary's America will play this weekend nationwide at theaters owned by Regal Entertainment, Cinemark, AMC Entertainment and several independently operated venues, and insiders say the rerelease is due to demand from fans who lobbied the theater owners.
"This film has a message that's behind the headlines — it's making headlines," D'Souza tells THR. "It's driving the intellectual content of the campaign right now."
The film spends several minutes on the KKK, and the Clinton presidential campaign broached the subject a week ago when it released an ad claiming that current members of the long-ago disgraced group support the GOP nominee.
"The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes, we believe," says a KKK member in the ad. The ad is below, as is a video D'Souza created Wednesday that mingles scenes from Hillary's America with video from Trump rallies.
The ad features remarks from former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke and Jared Taylor, the editor of a white-supremacist magazine called American Renaissance, and it also attacks Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon, insinuating he, too, is a racist.
Trump, not surprisingly, has tried to turn the tables on his Democratic rival. "It is the Democratic party that is the party of slavery, the party of Jim Crow," he said at a rally Tuesday. "The Republican party is the party of Abraham Lincoln. Not bad. It is also the party of freedom, equality and opportunity."
Both sides say the other started the spat over who is more racist, but Democratic surrogates of Clinton have been hurling the charge at Trump for more than a year, ever since he announced his run for president by referring to some illegal aliens as "rapists."
Then, two weeks ago, Trump ratcheted up the controversy by referring to Clinton as a "bigot," and he's done so repeatedly since then, most recently on Monday when he said at a rally: "Hillary Clinton is a bigot, who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future."