The Director

Director Joel Gilbert
  • Director of Atomic Jihad: Ahmadinejad's Coming War and Obama's Politics of Defeat (2010)
  • Director of Farewell Israel: Bush, Iran and the Revolt of Islam (2008)
  • Contributing editor for
  • Foreign Policy Analyst
  • Hudson Institute Film Festival Prize (2010)
  • BA University of London 1986 (London School of Economics and Political Science/School of Oriental and African Studies), MBA George Washington University (1991)

Director Q & A

Q & A with Director Joel Gilbert

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What new revelations are in Dreams from My Real Father?

First, I make the case that Barack Obama's real father was Communist Frank Marshall Davis. Next, the relationship between Davis and Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, is illustrated with seven indecent photographs of Dunham, some including other women, taken at Frank Marshall Davis' house in Honolulu. I was not happy to include these racy photos in the film, but found it necessary to substantiate the intimate relationship between them. Those photos ended up in a men's mail order catalog of nude women, likely sold to them by Davis. I placed black bars on parts of the photos to be respectful.

Next, Obama's timeline of his early family life is debunked as false. Obama's mother returned to Seattle in late August of 1961, only a few weeks after his birth, and commenced studies at the University of Washington. The Kenyan Obama remained in Hawaii. The family did not split up when the he went to Harvard University a year later as President Obama has alleged. All evidence points to a "sham" marriage covering up an illegitimate pregnancy. In another example, while Obama cites a string of racial incidents in his childhood, according to high school friends, no such events occurred. Hawaii was a multi-racial society where Blacks were highly respected, referred to as "Royal Hawaiians." Another new issue is Obama's likely membership in the May 19th Communist Organization during his time at Columbia University in the early 1980's.

What was the May 19th Communist Organization and how was Barack Obama involved?

The May 19th Communist Organization was an above ground support group for the Weather Underground based in New York City from 1978-1985. 'May 19' carried out raucous anti-Apartheid and anti-Klan protests and operated a host of front organizations. At the time, Bill Ayers wrote that May 19 provided "a sea for the guerillas to swim in." Some May 19 members committed acts of violence and terrorism, such as the 1981 Nanuet Brinks robbery and murders, the bombing of South African offices in 1981, and the US Capital bombing in 1983. I spoke with a former FBI informant who told me the May 19th Communist Organization had a weapons training camp in the Catskill Mountains, run by former Black Panthers. In addition, some May 19 members were sent to Cuba for several weeks each year with the Venceremos Brigades, a continuation of the SDS/Weather Underground program begun in the sixties, for explosives training from Cuban intelligence, DGI. A former May 19 member I spoke with identified Obama as participating in their public protests and meetings. In his "Dreams" book, Obama mentions transferring to Columbia to pursue his interest in activism and recounts attendance at some events similar to those sponsored by May 19.

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?"

To understand Obama's plans for America, the question is not "Where's the birth certificate?", the question is "Who is the real father?"