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U.N. Me (2009)
Friday, June 1, 2012
Disturbing thematic material involving genocide and sexual abuses, and for violent images
David Bosco, Ken Cain, Roberta Cohen, Norm Coleman, Simon Deng, Charles Duelfer, Frank Gaffney, Stephen Groves, Jean-Marie Guehenno, Peggy Hicks, Michael Hussey, Colin Keating
Matthew Groff, Ami Horowitz
Matthew Groff, Ami Horowitz
When the United Nations was founded more than sixty years ago, it embodied our hope for a safer, more peaceful world. But as reports of human rights violations and international conflicts make daily headlines, a question arises: Is the United Nations living up to its founding ideals? The answer is a resounding no. In a film that exposes the incompetence and corruption at the heart of the United Nations, filmmakers Ami Horowitz and Matthew Groff show how an organization created to ennoble mankind now actually enables evil and sows global chaos. U.N. Me takes us on a harrowing and darkly humorous tour of the U.N.'s scandalous disregard for the people and principles it was founded to defend.
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HJ Gets Time Between Fox and the Post
Ami Horowitz -- Hey Mike, how are you man?
Mike Furches -- Doing good how are you doing Ami?
AH -- You know Mike, I'm sitting in an Embassy Hotel and I'm talking about my movie. I'm doing pretty good right now.
MF -- You've been making the circuit.
AH -- Yeah.
MF -- Who all have you been speaking with the last few days?
AH -- First, thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me, but oh my God, you name it, Fox, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Washington Post, we've done, I don't know, probably a hundred interviews.
MF -- That's quite a bit and with a limited release?
AH - Yeah, and listen man it's all about awareness.
MF -- A few questions I have for you&ellips;
AH -- A few that's it? (laughter)
MF -- Yeah just a few.
AH -- That's all you've got for me?
MF -- (laughter) Well I was wanting to ask a few things that maybe folks haven't asked. Your movie poster; I live in Kansas&ellips;
AH -- I love it, you start off officially asking a question no one has asked before. (laughter)
MF -- Okay, I live in Kansas and I could not help but pick up on the Wizard of Oz theme. Tell me the reasoning behind that theme and its imagery.
AH -- First of all let me ask you a question?
MF -- Okay, go ahead
AH -- Be completely honest, because I am curious, but, did you like the poster?
MF -- I love the poster, I know it went through several changes and variations though.
AH -- I'm glad you did, and it went through a lot of versions. A lot of people didn't like this poster, I happened to like it. It's this whole notion of you journey to this place where you think all is going to be great. Ultimately what comes down is that the Wizard behind the curtain is not what we thought. In the case of the movie, it was not the benevolent leader of the world that was trying to help us to the noble mankind which is what I think we would all like the UN (United Nations) to be, and is supposed to be, and some of us think it is. In reality it is something much more complicated than a lot of movies, it is something much darker than that. The movie really is about a journey and the Wizard of Oz kind of struck me as a very similar type of step that I was taking.
MF -- I was impressed with the look of the film, can you tell me some about your crew, their shooting techniques, cameras used and so forth
AH -- Okay, another question no one has asked me, a filming question; Wow! I never get filming questions, it is always human questions. You know, I had zero filming experience prior to going into this thing. I knew I needed to surround myself with a crew that was very talented. Not just a crew, but a writing team, an editing team, and more, so that's what we did, we put together what I think was an all-star crew to make this of writers, editors, photographers. I chose them very carefully. I made a list of the best documentaries I've ever seen and I hired the people then. That was important. Equipment wise I didn't know film making at the time, I do now, but we basically split most of the movie between two cameras, an A camera (a Panasonic Varicam) and a B camera (a Sony HDX).
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