Film Maker Challenges Obama Parentage

Joel GilbertA conservative film maker has undertaken a massive effort to show that President Obama's real father was a Communist, not Barack Obama, Sr.

Joel GIlbertJoel Gilbert, left, has mailed hundreds of thousands of free copies of his film, Dreams from My Real Father, to news outlets and ordinary households across the United States to stimulate interest in its themes.

“All evidence points to a sham marriage to cover an illicit affair between Ann Dunham and Frank Marshall Davis,” said the movie maker last month at a conference I attended at the National Press Club. “All evidence indicates that Barack Obama was raised and indoctrinated by Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party USA propagandist, during his formative years.”

Gilbert was a guest on the Aug. 23 edition of MTL Washington Update, the weekly public affairs radio show I co-host at noon (EDT) with network founder Scott Draughon. Click here to listen to the show, which is available by archive after live broadcast.

Gilbert is a film director, writer, and musician. Through his production company, Highway 61 Entertainment, Gilbert directed and produced four documentary feature films on Bob Dylan's music and career. Gilbert appeared in these films as interviewer, and performs on the film soundtracks.As part of his promotion efforts for his film, he spoke July 19 at the annual American Survival conference organized by ultra-conservative Cliff Kincaid, with this year's primary focus on what it claimed were the president's links to radical Islam.

 

 

I attended the conference, met most of the speakers, and collected nearly all of their their materials. One was a new book by Paul Kengor, The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor.

During the Aug. 23 show, we have a lively and probing discussion. After the segment expired we have several remaining questions. Gilbert followed up  by email with this Q &A:

Q: Why does Paul Kengor call Davis an Obama "mentor" and you a "father?"

Gilbert: Paul Kengor and I both agree that Obama began visits to Frank Marshall Davis' house from age nine.This is also supported by Obama in his book, Dreams from My Father, as well as interviews with Davis' neighbors.

I believe the often-repeated idea -- that Obama's grandfather, Stanley Dunham, felt Obama needed a Black mentor, so he chose Frank Marshall Davis to help him with Black Identity -- is nonsense. The only source of this misinformation was Obama's half-sister. She gave this story regarding Davis in the 2008 campaign regarding Obama's so-called teenage identity crisis of Black and White, which was alleged by David Axelrod. Meanwhile, Obama's best friend Keith Kakagauwa ("Ray" in Dreams from My Father) has said there was no identity crisis, "not even close".

My analysis is as follows: Barry Obama was a multi-racial kid, entering a multi-racial society (Hawaii) at 9 years old. The plausibility of Gramps deciding Obama needed a Black mentor in this scenario is about zero.  And Davis, a  65-year old Communist pornographer, was a hard-core Marxist and not a typical African American by any means.  The history is that Ann Dunham dropped off Barry in Hawaii and headed back to Indonesia. What are the chances she said to Gramps, "Remember that pornographer, the 65-year-old Communist I took naked photos in the fall of 1960?  I want Barry to be raised by this guy while I'm away."

This could only make sense if Davis was the father. We have a lot of evidence supporting the visits as paternal visits. We have evidence of an intimate relationship between Dunham and Davis, while it's been proven that Obama's story of his parents is false, and there is no evidence the Kenyan ever married or even met Ann Dunham.

Q: How could you afford to mail out all of those copies of the film across the United States? How can you be so sure that photos purported to be of the president's mother at the home of Davis were actually of her, and not fabricated composites by current political enemies of the president?


Gilbert: See this article by Jerome Corsi for my quotes and references.

Q: How do "Birther" proponents who claim that Obama was born in Kenya react to this film? More specifically, what about World Net Daily, for example, which also employs  columnist Jerome Corsi, author of the 2011 book, Where's the Birth Certificate?

Corsi and many others have agreed that Davis is the likely the father, and everyone agrees the Kenyan is definetly not the father.

Q: What is your view of those in the conventional news media who self-censor or disparage those who address this kind of controversial topic?

See this link, and read the transcript.

As further context, the following are excerpts from a Frequently Asked Questions handout Gilbert distributed at the conference.

How did you come to investigate President Obama's life history?

I have a background in Middle East and Islamic studies and in 2010 wrote and directed a film called Atomic Jihad: Ahmadinejad's Coming War and Obama's Politics of Defeat. While reviewing video of over 200 Obama speeches for that film, I noticed an odd pattern. When speaking of issues relating to the rich and the poor, Obama became very excited, speaking rapidly and louder, always in a higher pitch. On other subjects, he was quite calm. Why would Obama have an inner passion for class struggle? From my knowledge of his background, exclusive prep school, Ivy Leagues, Harvard Law -- it didn't seem to fit. I then read his autobiography, Dreams from My Father, and noticed numerous references to Obama seeking out Marxist professors and friends, emulating Malcolm X, attending socialist conferences, and organizing. It was a life journey in socialism! Plus, of his visits to Communist Frank Marshall Davis' house with his grandfather, Obama wrote, "It was as if I were witnessing some complicated, unspoken transaction between the two men."

I decided to investigate Frank Marshall Davis. His close physical resemblance to Obama was shocking, while Obama little resembled the Kenyan Obama. How could this be? Next, I unearthed two film archives of Frank Marshall Davis, one from 1973, the other from 1987, as well as Davis' photo collection. I then acquired 500 copies of the Honolulu Record, the Communist run newspaper where Davis wrote a weekly political column for eight years. I also obtained seven indecent photos of Ann Dunham, Obama's mother, taken at Frank Marshall Davis' house, suggesting an intimate connection between Dunham and Davis. I concluded that to understand Obama’s plans for America, the question was "Who is the real father?"

How does your "Dreams" film compare to Obama's autobiography?
My Dreams provides the first cohesive understanding of Obama's deep rooted life journey in socialism. It includes Obama's indoctrination in Marxism by Frank Marshall Davis, his college years, his job as "organizer," his involvement with Project Vote and the sub-prime mortgage crisis, the Ayers family, Alinsky and Reverend Wright, all the way to his campaigns and Presidency. Dreams from My Real Father is an alternate theory to Barack Obama's autobiography. The film narrative is based on both new and existing factual pillars, then presents reasoned logic, re-creations of probable events, and speculation for a complete story. Some dialogue is taken directly from Davis and Obama's writings, while some is approximated to bridge known facts. Viewers must judge the story for themselves. I believe they will agree that my "Dreams" is closer to reality than Obama's account, which more resembles a fairy tale.

In 2007, Gilbert released a controversial political documentary called, Farewell Israel: Bush, Iran and the Revolt of Islam, a history of Islamic-Jewish relations from the 7th Century to today. Gilbert's 2010 release entitled, Atomic Jihad: Ahmadinejad's Coming War for Islamic Revival and Obama's Politics of Defeat, was featured at the CPAC Conference in Washington D.C. and was a winning film at the Hudson Institute Film Festival in New York City on May 31, 2010.

 

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