Death Of A President



Death of a President is a British film by Gabriel Range, a fictional documentary about the assassination of U.S. President George W. Bush. The film premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2006, and was aired on the More4 channel in the UK on October 9, 2006. The film uses archive footage, actors and computer effects to portray the president's assassination.

Newmarket Films, which distributed Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, has reportedly purchased the U.S. distribution rights to the film for $1 million.

In October 2007, President George W. Bush is assassinated by a hidden shooter on his way out of a Chicago hotel, in front of which an anti-war rally is being held. A man of Syrian origins, Jamal Abu Zikri, becomes the prime suspect. Three years later, a documentary filmmaker presents a movie about what the United States has become since the assassination.

Dick Cheney, after being elevated to the position of President, uses the possible al-Qaeda connection of the suspect to push his own agenda. He calls for a Patriot Act 3, suspends most civil liberties and calls for military action against Syria. An already tense world situation grows worse.

Eventually, the movie reveals that the perpetrator is a black American, the father of a soldier who had died on duty in Iraq. The assassin blames Bush for the death of his son and commits suicide after murdering Bush. His suicide note reads: "There's no honor in standing for an immoral country. George Bush killed our David and I can't forgive him." The assassination ends up being entirely personal.
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The film has been heavily criticised by US politicians. The Republican Party of Texas has described the subject matter as "shocking" and "disgusting". Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) has said, "I think it's despicable... I think it's absolutely outrageous. That anyone would even attempt to profit on such a horrible scenario makes me sick."

The White House has declined to comment on the film.

Regal Entertainment Group, which operates 6,273 screens in 584 locations in 40 U.S. states and Cinemark USA, which operates about 2,500 screens theatres in 34 U.S. states, have said they will not screen the film.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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