A luxury movie theater in Jupiter earlier this week suspended showings of “Death of a Nation” — the recently released far-right documentary that vilifies the Democratic Party and compares President Donald Trump to Abraham Lincoln — after receiving complaints.
But Cinepolis Jupiter put the movie back in its lineup after Trump supporters launched a Twitter campaign against the theater.
The film, by the conservative ideologue Dinesh D’Souza, grabbed headlines after its Aug. 1 opening when Donald Trump Jr. told a conservative news outlet that the Nazi platform of the 1930s portrayed in the documentary is “awfully similar” to the Democratic Party’s platform today “to a point where it’s actually scary…it’s the exact opposite of what you’ve been told.”
Word of the theater’s action spread quickly on Twitter after an account purportedly belonging to a Florida woman tweeted on Aug. 4 that she was “outraged” that the theater had “pulled” the movie and asked her 45,200 followers to retweet her post. The next day, the Twitter account of a self-described “proud American mom and Trump supporter” retweeted the post and urged her 118,000 followers to call and boycott the theater.
On Tuesday, Cinepolis tweeted a response: “We temporarily suspended screenings so we could assess the situation. We have resumed a limited number of screenings for the film. All films played at Cinépolis USA do not reflect any endorsement of any kind – politically or otherwise.”
That explanation didn’t sit well with D’Souza, who tweeted his response to Cinepolis: “I don’t understand. Do you suspend movie showings when people call and complain? Doesn’t this set a frightening precedent? #DeathOfANation”
The film opened to abysmal reviews. On RogerEbert.com, movie critic Peter Sobczynski not only bestowed a “thumbs-down” but also described the film as the “”Mission: Impossible—Fallout” of crackpot cinematic screeds.”
D’Souza earned a reputation as a provocative documentary filmmaker in 2016 with the release of “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party and Obama’s America” — which earned $33.4 million, the second-best showing of any political documentary in history, behind only political nemesis Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” ($119.2 million), according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Although the poster for “Death of a Nation” features the faces of Trump and Lincoln merged, Trump has remained uncharacteristically mum about the film. Trump pardoned D’Souza earlier this year after D’Souza pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws.
“Death of a Nation” has one showing on Thursday at Cinepolis Jupiter.