The filmmaker behind a controversial, and maligned, documentary alleging that Barack Obama's father was not a student from Kenya but rather a prominent Hawaiian communist leader has mailed nearly three million copies of his movie to voters in key swing states.
“It’s shocking that in the land of the First Amendment, in the ‘information age’ no less, a state of censorship exists on so many levels in the American media today,” Joel Gilbert told WND.com regarding the media's response to his movie about Obama and his ties to communist Frank Marshall Davis.
Gilbert sent 2.7 million DVD copies of his documentary, “Dreams from My Real Father,” to voters in Florida (1.5 million), Colorado (700,000), and Iowa (500,000). Last month he made a similar move, sending 1.38 million copies to those in Ohio, 100,000 to voters in New Hampshire, and another 80,000 to those in Nevada.
That brings the total number of DVDs sent to over four million.
“Barack Obama built his political career on personal appeal – the son of a Kenyan goat herder who stood above politics,” Gilbert said of the movie's thesis.
“However, ‘Dreams from My Real Father’ demonstrates that Obama has a deeply disturbing family background, which he intentionally obscured, to hide a Marxist political foundation. 'Dreams from My Real Father' is the story Barack Obama should have told, revealing his true agenda for ‘fundamentally transforming America.’”
The description of the film puts it this way:
In "Dreams From My Real Father," Barack Obama is portrayed by a voiceover actor who chronicles Barack Obama's life journey in socialism, from birth through his election to the presidency. The film begins by presenting the case that Barack Obama's real father was Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party USA propagandist who likely shaped Obama’s worldview during his formative years. Barack Obama sold himself to America as the multicultural ideal, a man who stood above politics. Was the goat-herding Kenyan father only a fairy tale to obscure a Marxist agenda, irreconcilable with American values?
The film has been criticized since it's release, with some calling it a wild conspiracy theory (one writer said, "So this is what it's come to"). "Birthers," too, are even angry because it throws cold water on the theory that Obama is not a natural-born citizen.
Either way, Davis has been the focus of much scrutiny this summer and fall, mainly because of the work of Dr. Paul Kengor who released an entire book on Davis called "The Communist." In it, Kengor details the the life of Davis and his influence on a young Obama in Hawaii. However, Kengor does not raise any concerns or issues regarding any kinship between the two.
Recently, Kengor noted that all references to "Frank" in Obama's "Dreams From My Father" memoir have been purged from the audio version of the book.
As for Gilbert's DVD, the filmmaker says he has plans to send more out.
“Immediate plans are in place to extend the free DVD mailer publicity program state by state, million by million, until the mainstream media covers it,” he told WND.com. Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois are next on his list.
“We can manufacture and ship 1 million DVDs per day out of Southern California,” he added. “In the meantime, the 2.7 million DVD mailing to Florida, Colorado and Iowa households, and following up on the 1.38 million mailing to Ohio, New Hampshire and Nevada should force the mainstream media to pay attention. This will help expand the market for the film into television, video on demand and even internationally.”