Occasionally you think a documentary is going to be about one thing, but it completely surprises you. Sometimes that is good thing and sometimes it completely fails. In the case of J.E.S.U.S.A. it is the former. While the trailer, the marketing material, and the first 13 minutes of the film all point to exploring the conflation of American nationalism and Christianity the core question that the film truly attempts to answer is whether Christians should engage or abstain from violence.
Musician Daryl Davis has made it one of his life's missions to answer the question 'why do you hate me when you know nothing about me?' by sitting down and talking with white supremacists and members of the Klu Klux Klan. Over multiple decades Davis has befriended numerous members of the KKK by listening and forming a relationship with people that hate him because of the color of his skin.
For many white Americans the right to vote is seemingly implicit, but the reality is that there has been, and continues to be, a focused effort to suppress voting - especially in communities of color. In fact, America was founded on voter suppression as only property owning white men could vote when the Constitution was penned.
Actor Samuel L. Jackson reads from author James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House over video clips and pictures from the sixties. Baldwin's criticism of white America hits right to the core - especially for the white church. Presented in the vein of a Ken Burns documentary. Though most of the footage is over 50 years old, it could have come out of today's headlines. If you are watching on Amazon Prime, pause the movie and use the x-ray feature to learn about the lesser known historical figures. Note that there are graphic images.