This documentary looks at the controversial system of SuperPACs (political action committees that are allowed to raise unlimited donations without directly coordinating with the candidate) through observing the quixotic presidential run of Dr. Ben Carson, the Black, conservative brain surgeon whose appeal to evangelical voters made him, for a brief time, the front-runner in the race for the 2016 GOP nomination.
Like Donald Trump, Carson had no major political experience and ran an outsider campaign tied to his autobiography, but, unlike Trump, increased media scrutiny that turned up embarrassing stories from his past (like his belief that the ancient pyramids were used for grain storage or the news of a stabbing incident in his teens) finally wrecked his campaign, to the despair of Carson’s true believers who saw him as God’s chosen candidate.
In the Philippines we were really poor. Farmers. We were a family of eight. I worked all through school, farming, selling things. Then I started caregiving. It was okay. I grew up planting rice and planting corn all day in the sun, so I thought as long as I’m in the shade, I’m okay.
After school I got married. I thought getting married would help me escape from poverty, like “you’re not alone anymore.” I was supporting my parents, and I was anxious to start my own life. In fact, Romeo was my only boyfriend. I had no time to play around.