Dreams from My Real Father: A Story of Reds and Deception is a 2012 American documentary-style film by Joel Gilbert, released on DVD in July 2012. The film alleges, among other things, that U.S. President Barack Obama’s biological father was Frank Marshall Davis.
The film alleges that Barack Obama’s biological father was the “poet and left-wing activist” Frank Marshall Davis and that Davis met Obama’s mother Ann Dunham through her father Stanley Dunham, who Gilbert alleges was not a furniture salesman, but who instead was actually a CIA agent tasked with monitoring Communists in Hawaii.
Joel Gilbert, the filmmaker, said the film was the result of two years of research. He claims he found nude photos of Obama’s mother Ann Dunham, which he argues were taken in late 1960 by Frank Marshall Davis in Davis’ Hawaii home. Gilbert compared these to Dunham’s high school pictures and says he found the correlation to be “obvious”. The Hollywood Reporter said, “He did not use an expert, however, to support his finding.” Gilbert says that over one million copies of his film were mailed to voters in Ohio, Nevada, New Hampshire and Colorado leading up the 2012 United States presidential election. Gilbert refused to disclose who funded the film’s distribution, and a report by The Daily Beast pointed out that there was no way to verify the numbers claimed by Gilbert.
The nude photos in question were actually printed in issue 23 of the magazine Exotique, which was published in early 1958 At that time, Ann Dunham was only 15 years old, and was living in Mercer Island, Washington. The Dunham family did not move to Hawaii until the summer of 1960.