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Satiric Film About UN Triggers Question, Who Let Its Makers In?

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: Movie Preview

UNITED NATIONS, November 21 -- A forthcoming documentary about the UN which covers among other things the uninvestigated shooting of Ivorian civilians by peacekeepers is the subject of some buzz in UN headquarters in New York. The most frequently inquiry, however, is into who let conservative banker-turned-filmmaker Ami Horowitz into the building?

  The trailer has footage of Horowitz inside the Security Council, with the nameplates of current members including Libya and Belgium. The voice-over asks, who do you call when you have a world crisis? Ami picks up the phone and says, "No one here."

   Many lower- to middle-ranking UN staff express to Inner City Press enthusiasm about the film. At a higher level, there comes a desire to retaliate. The UN's Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit is reportedly denying that they ever issued Horowitz and his team any identification cards to enter the building. 

UN's Ban Ki-moon in Ivory Coast, uninvestigated shooting of civilians not shown

  This would be consistent with obstacles MALU threw up when the Penn and Teller's Showtime program came to film Inner City Press inside the UN, for an episode on peace and hypocrisy. It's just a comedy show, Inner City Press was told dismissively. So is this new film, U.N. Me. When it becomes fully available, we'll review it.

  For now we note that one of the cinematographer also worked on the film "Borat," whose protagonist previous penetrated the UN as Ali G, and was given a tour of the Security Council by a then UN Guide who later, and simultaneously, because the Minister of Information for Albania. You can't make this stuff up...

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