Film About UN Triggers Question, Who Let Its Makers
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: Movie Preview
November 21 -- A forthcoming
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
conservative banker-turned-filmmaker Ami Horowitz into the building?
has footage of Horowitz inside the Security Council, with the
nameplates of current members including Libya and Belgium. The
who do you call when you have a world crisis? Ami picks up the phone
"No one here."
to middle-ranking UN staff express to Inner City Press enthusiasm about
film. At a higher level, there comes a desire to retaliate. The UN's
Accreditation and Liaison Unit is reportedly denying that they ever
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.
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
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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Press Nov. 7 debate on the war in Congo
Watch this site, and this Oct. 2 debate, on
UN, bailout, MDGs
and this October 17 debate, on
Security Council and Obama and the UN.
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