'Schindler's List' Producer Compares Dinesh D'Souza to Oskar Schindler at 'Hillary's America' Screening
The movie, which slams the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, was screened for more than 2,200 people in Cleveland ahead of the Republican National Convention.
CLEVELAND — Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of Schindler’s List, at a screening of a film slamming Hillary Clinton, compared conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza to Oskar Schindler, the protagonist in the Steven Spielberg-directed film about a man who saves Jews during the Holocaust.
“Years ago, I had the honor of working on a film that told the story of a man, one man, a single man, who made a difference in the lives of about 1,100 people. His name was Oskar Schindler,” Molen told 2,200 people at the Republican National Convention premiere of Hillary’s America in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sunday night.
“Tonight, I’m sharing the stage with another man who is making a difference in this country. The film you’re about to see will open the eyes of a lot of people,” said Molen, who executive produced Hillary’s America, which stars and was written by D’Souza.
Molen, Spielberg and Branko Lustig won Oscars for Best Picture for 1993's Schindler's List and Spielberg won the Oscar for Best Director.
D’Souza had a West Coast premiere of Hillary’s America last week at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. But Sunday night’s affair, at the historic Connor Palace in Cleveland ahead of the GOP convention, which officially starts Monday, was more intense, since it was populated by Republican delegates. At Sunday’s premiere, in fact, the delegates treated D’Souza like he was a rock star — appropriate, since the theater is right down the block from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“We wanted to come out strong and early,” D’Souza told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s a very infectious movie. It can play an important role in uniting the Republican party and make the case against not just Hillary Clinton but the Democrats, too.”
D’Souza also gave THR an exclusive clip from the doc, which features scenes from the 1915 silent film The Birth of a Nation. Watch the clip above.
“It was unfortunate for our country that the first movie ever screened in the White House was a racist movie by a racist Democratic president,” said Carol Swain, professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, while scenes of Birth of a Nation roll in Hillary’s America.
At Sunday night’s RNC premiere of the film, the Gatlin Brothers also played a short set. Larry Gatlin wrote and performed a song for the doc.
“Hillary Clinton’s a criminal, whether she’s been thrown in jail or not,” Gatlin told THR. “When Dinesh asked me to be a part of this movie, I asked him where I should stand and when I should start singing. It took me about 15 minutes to write the song, because there’s a whole lot of information about Hillary and the Democrats out there.”
Clinton is the presumptive Democratic candidate for president and will square off against Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee for the Republicans.