Following the success of Dinesh D'Souza's blockbuster documentary 'Police State' over the past two weeks, the filmmaker released a DVD of the film. However, Amazon and Walmart have refused to sell the product despite its success in theaters and at a recent Mar-a-Lago premiere.
The film, produced by D'Souza Media LLC, focuses on the weaponization of the judicial system against conservative Christian Americans and covers a number of topics, including Big Tech censorship, the multiple indictments against President Donald Trump, January 6th, the growing authoritarianism of the federal government, and more.
"Walmart and Amazon REFUSE to sell #PoliceState DVDs. Why? No reason," D'Souza wrote on X/Twitter. "They shut us down because they can! Let's teach them a lesson and buy from Salem and Shopify. Get DVDs for yourself and also for Christmas presents."
Steve Friend, who is featured in the film, lambasted the collusion of private industry and government to suppress the film, writing, "Collusion of big private industry and big government to suppress citizens' speech and free enterprise. This is fascism."
As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, D'Souza told Newsweek that the Department of the Treasury, via the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, allegedly intercepted a $106,000 payment to Salem Media from D'Souza that was meant to purchase ads for the film.
According to documentation reviewed by Newsweek, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) held up the funds sent to the media company. According to its website, the OFAC "administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United States."
"Why would they intercept our domestic wire?" D'Souza asked. "They can't seize our money and pretend there is some legitimate government purpose for doing it."
"We now have to retrieve our funds, and it's going to be a hassle," the filmmaker said.
The Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft also asked D'Souza about the hold on the funds, with D'Souza explaining:
"As part of the marketing for Police State Film, made a deal with Salem Media to do some ad reads on their radio shows. Very normal stuff. We do this with every movie. And we’ve, of course, sent wires to Salem in the it’s the fastest, most convenient way to pay, and we do it directly from our bank in Texas.
And so my wife, Debbie, processed the wire. Everything seemed normal. And then we get a notification from our bank that the wire has been intercepted by this group called OFAC. Obviously, we had never heard of it, right? And look it up and discover that this is some division of the Treasury Department, it seems. And it’s apparently an agency that is supposed to monitor money transactions for international narcotics, for terrorism, for countries that are under sanctions. The name of the group has to do with foreign transactions, and this is a domestic wire. It is, again, for a very simple, manifest purpose.
So we just want this wire to be returned to our account, and we’re happy to pay by check or pay some other way. But evidently, OFAC, so far anyway, has refused to release the funds. And so we are kind of at an impasse. They’re demanding information that we’re not in a position to provide.
We don’t even see the reason that this wire was flagged in the first place. And obviously, having made a film called Police State, we’re like geez, is this some kind of a bureaucratic police State tactic to tie up our funds without explanation? We have no idea."
While D'Souza's film was hurt by advertising issues thanks to the OFAC, that didn't stop the documentary from being widely successful, so much so that it sold out multiple theaters across the country.
In addition, the Mar-a-Lago premiere last week saw conservative influencers and commentators praise the film.
"You MUST see Police State. Incredible movie by [Dinesh D'Souza] and [Debbie D'Souza]!!" wrote Texas radio host Joe Pags, who also played the National Anthem with the saxophone at the event.
"Thanks to [Dinesh D'Souza] and [Danielle D'Souza Gill] for inviting my fiancé and I out to Mar-a-Lago to watch Police State," OANN's Kara McKinney wrote. "It's gripping & prescient for our time."
"Great time last night at "The House that Trump Built" Mar-a-Lago for the premier of [Dinesh D'Souza]'s new film, Police State. This movie is a MUST SEE," wrote Mike Crispi. "Our country is truly on the line. And it was an honor to be around so many patriots who are committed to saving it!"
Podcaster Rob Smith posted a video to his X/Twitter recounting the event alongside conservative personalities like Ashley St. Clair, Madison Cawthorne, Rogan O'Handley, Terrence Williams, and others.
You can watch the Mar-a-Lago premiere event below:As outlined on policestatefilm.net, the film was released across America for showings in over 700 theaters. The film has been stunningly successful, with D'Souza revealing that the film has surpassed his previous documentary, '2000 Mules,' in ticket sales.
"'Police State' is a movie that I never wanted to make, because I never wanted America to get to a point where a movie like this needed to be made," D'Souza says about his film on its website. "I feel like the animal that alerts the herd to approaching danger, so we can take precautionary steps before it's too late."
The documentary was made in collaboration with conservative commentator and former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino and features actor Nick Searcy.
"The police state isn't coming, it's already here," Bongino said. "The signs are everywhere. And once you recognize them, your senses will be heightened to the danger we're all in."
"The relentless persecution of political opponents by the party in power is a hallmark of totalitarian countries," Searcy added about the current state of political persecution in America. "In a police state, the only real crime is daring to question the State. America is now a police state."
The documentary includes interviews with prominent conservative leaders, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), former Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense Kash Patel, Dan Bongino, and others.
You can learn more information about the documentary' Police State' here.
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