In 2006 he began production on the feature film U.N. Me, which details the failure of the U.N. to live up to its founding principles. In 1993, Ami accomplished what has stood until today as unprecedented, when he won the Heisman Trophy and Academy Award in the same year. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Manhattan.
One grey October morning, a man walked up to me as I was leaving my apartment building in Manhattan’s Upper West Side to go to work.
The U.N. kept dismissing it as an unfounded rumor. It laughed it off as a figment of the paranoid imaginations of anti-U.N. conspiracy theorists. The U.N. itself said that it was “simply not a priority.”
During the course making my movie U.N.Me (www.theunmovie.com) I have come across countless acts of absurd behavior by the U.N. This week gives us yet another shining example of such farce. The United Nations recently held an election for its new women’s rights group called, unimaginatively, U.N. Women, which was born from the merger of four other U.N. groups dedicated to women’s rights. (Perhaps the real story should be that the famously turgid bureaucracy of the U.N actually slimmed something down).
The United Nations recently held an election for its new women’s rights group called, unimaginatively, U.N. Women, which was born from the merger of four other U.N. groups dedicated to women’s rights.
While Yiddish, the German-Slavic language used by the Jews of old Europe, has all but died out, there is an orphan word that has been adopted by almost every culture in the world: chutzpah. This word, an allusion to one’s own shameless and impertinent audacity, is the one word the word that best describes, UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
When I received the call from Raul Niño Zambrano from the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (known internationally as IDFA) asking us if we would screen our film U.N. Me in the competition, I was unsure how to receive this news. You see, this is my first film and I haven't really been involved in the documentary community until recently.