LOS ANGELES – There are plenty of reasons to celebrate the United States, and conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza puts them on display in his latest docudrama, “America.”
The U.S., the film notes, remains the only nation to land its people on the moon; it is unparalleled in technological innovation; and it is a cherished supporter of nations in need.
The world would be vastly different without it, D’Souza argues in “America,” which opens in theaters nationwide on Wednesday.
"If you look at the half century alone, who knows what the outcome of World War II would have been or who would have been around to rebuild countries?" D'Souza told FOX411. "And the outcome of the Cold War would have been very different. The world would be dominated by the Soviets or Communist China or radical Islam."
D'Souza’s “America” also tackles the notion voiced by some of the nation’s critics that much of its land and riches were taken unethically from others.
"People are convinced that the wealth was stolen, and that is part of the shaming and shakedown of America,” the director said.
“That makes it easier for the government to come in and take our things, because they are stolen goods. But when you prove to Americans that our land and our goods were earned and built through hard work, it makes that shakedown harder."
"America" goes on to rally against the perception that the U.S. is a racist nation, and it argues that Hillary Clinton was influenced by the radical writings of controversial community organizer Saul Alinksy.
D'Souza – who pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of violating federal campaign laws with false contributions – hopes audiences come away from his movie with a deepened love for their homeland.
"I want it to rekindle that natural patriotism. I want people to understand why they love their country and do more to restore America," he said.
While he has published some 13 books throughout his politically charged career, D’Souza says there is no greater way to reach the masses than through the medium of lights, camera and action.
"What could be more powerful than a movie theater?” he said. “After just an hour and a half, you can not only compel someone to go out and do something, but you can change their life.
"And this film is fair to the other side. We give critics from the other side a voice, and one by one we take on those arguments in a respectful way."
D'Souza's docudrama follows in the footsteps of his 2012 film, "2016: Obama's America," which traced the origins of President Obama's political positions and influences.
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Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay