EXCLUSIVE: No word yet if Dinesh D’Souza’s Hillary’s America: The Secret History of The Democratic Party will be playing in Cleveland when the Republicans have their national convention in the Ohio city from July 18-21 and are expected to nominate Donald Trump for President but the provocative pic will be on the big screen for sure. The third documentary from the bestselling author and D’Souza’s solo directing debut, Hillary’s America is opening on limited release on July 15 before going wide a week later on July 22, Deadline has learned.
The timing of the very Clinton critical docu also works perfectly leading into the Democrats’ Philadelphia convention, which starts on July 25 and runs until July 28. Having co-helmed the second most successful docu of all time with 2016: Obama’s America back in 2012 and the 6th most successful docu ever America: Imagine The World Without Her in 2014, D’Souza’s latest and election focused film is based on his book Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary and the Democratic Party, which came out last November. Like 2016 and America, the Quality Flix/D’Souza Entertainment distributed Hillary’s America is a combo of interviews and reenactments, both historical and contemporary.
D’Souza’s 2014 pic pulled in $14.4 million at the box office while the Obama administration attacked 2012 film made $33.4 million. While D’Souza takes the 6th and 2nd spots, Michael Moore’s 2004 pic Fahrenheit 9/11 is the top-grossing political documentary of all time with $119 million. Since it’s March 5 debut on YouTube, the trailer for Hillary’s America has been viewed almost 1.4 million times as of today.
Working again with Schindler’s List producer Gerald R. Molen, the new film is the first D’Souza has made since his May 2014 guilty plea for making an illegal political contribution. Citing political persecution, the conservative author and filmmaker was sentenced in September 2014 to eight months in a community confinement center and five years of probation for giving $20,000 to the unsuccessful 2012 GOP Senate campaign of Wendy Long through two other people.
At the same time as D’Souza was sentenced, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman rejected the sterner demands of federal prosecutors but also fined him $30,000 and ordered the writer to do one day of community service a week during his probation period. D’Souza’s encounter with the incarceration system plays a significant part in Hillary’s America.
Anita Busch contributed to this report.