The direct failure of the U.N. to do anything to stop the genocide in Rwanda though it had the forces on the spot and the intelligence to do so is a heartbreaking story, and here, Horowitz goes easy on the humor. But he makes up for that with his exploration of the U.N.’s failures to deal with genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan during which a Sudanese diplomat asserts that “climate change” is the reason so many were massacred by his government, prompting Horowitz to suggest that more Priuses is the answer to the problem.
Horowitz and Groff have produced a documentary that may at times be a little too jocose for its serious subject matter, but is nevertheless always watchable and infused with genuine wit. It remains to be seen whether their praiseworthy effort to tell this important story will get the exposure it deserves, but anyone who takes the time to watch “U.N. Me” cannot help but walk away sharing the filmmaker’s frustration and disgust with the U.N.
Interestingly, the Cinematographer, Bob Richman was also responsible for Al Gore’s abominable scare-flick, An Inconvenient Truth. I still haven’t actually seen either of these two films – although I’ve moved U.N. Me much further up on my list of must-watch movies (while Gore’s flick has yet to make it onto this list). And I can’t quite retrace my mouse-clicks at the moment, but somehow or other today we landed on a C-SPAN interview with Ami Horowitz, the Director of U.N. Me.
First, here’s a blurb about the movie:
In a film that exposes the incompetence and corruption at the heart of the United Nations, filmmaker Ami Horowitz takes us on a harrowing, yet often hilarious, trip through the farcical world of the United Nations.
Horowitz exposes how an organization created to ennoble mankind actually enables chaos and global discord. As disturbing as the picture painted by U.N. Me may be, Horowitz manages to keep us laughing throughout the film. And just when you’re left shaking your head at one outrage or another exposed in U.N. Me, Horowitz reliably enters with comic relief.
Speaking of the “global discord” spread by the UN … I don’t know if Horowitz’s movie covers the UN’s indisputable role in the birth and promulgation of all the myths and memes of “climate change” aka “global warming”. In particular, the role of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the many offspring it has spawned in the 40+ years of its ever-expanding existence.
The two most prominent offspring of the UNEP, of course – at least to those of us who have been following the “climate wars” – are the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its “master”, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); the former is led by the increasingly lame Rajendra Pachauri, while the latter is currently led by the hyper-dramatic and rarely unappalling, Christiana Figueres.
The incomparable Josh, of CartoonsbyJosh has amusingly captured Figueres in action with other members of the “climate change” faith:
The sheer unprincipled mediocrity that seems to have infested so many of the UN’s tentacles also appears to have found its way into the heart of the US bureaucracy which, most disconcertingly – as Judith Curry noted in a recent post – has resulted in the resignation of distinguished scientist, Lennart Bengtsson from the GWPF. Curry had remarked:
We have also seen a disgraceful display of Climate McCarthyism by climate scientists, which has the potential to do as much harm to climate science as did the Climategate emails. And we have seen the GWPF handle this situation with maturity and dignity.
But I digress …
Watching the C-SPAN interview with Horowitz, in which he disclosed many of his reminiscences during the making of this movie, reminded me of the many hours I’ve spent reading through the utter inanities that constitute “debate” at one committee, panel, sub-committee or other of the UN, where neither intelligence nor eloquence are often in evidence. But if Horowitz is to be believed (and everything I’ve seen strongly suggests that he should be) this is “standard” operating procedure at the U.N.
And so … without further ado …Enjoy!