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.
Writer, Director, Producer
Ami Horowitz was an investment banker for 13 years. He has written for The National Review and The Weekly Standard. He lives in New York with his wife and children.
Writer, Director, Producer
Before signing on to U.N. Me, Matthew Groff was a post-production supervisor and assistant producer on the forthcoming documentary Sid Bernstein Presents...
Bob Richman was the cinematographer for the Academy Award winning film An Inconvenient Truth, Academy Award nominated documentary My Architect, and Borat.
Wolfgang Held was the cinematographer for award winning films such as Some Kind Of Monster, Children Underground and won a Primetime Emmy for Carrier. Wolfgang has just finished shooting Bruno, the Sascha Baron Cohen follow-up to Borat.
Doug Abel's credits include the Academy Award winning documentary The Fog of War, the documentary Some Kind of Monster, and the Emmy Award winning NBC hit 30 Rock.
"Ami Horowitz skillfully weaves a narrative that strikes a careful balance between humor and information."
–Nathaniel Botwinick, THE NATIONAL REVIEW | Read the Review
"Ami Horowitz reminds one of a quick-footed Michael Moore serving up vigilante justice. His razor-sharp documenting of the subject makes U.N. Me as entertaining as it is illuminating"
–Ali Naderzad, screencomment.com | Read the Review
U.N. Me Featured on Access Hollywood
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Ami Horowitz interviewed on MSNBC's Morning Joe
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"U.N. Me must be considered a resounding success."
–Jonathan Tobin, Commentary Magazine | Read the Review
Ami Horowitz interviewed on NPR's The Takeaway'
–Marc Kilsten, The Takeaway | Listen to the Interview
NBC New York Interview
–Chuck Scarborough, NBC New York | Watch the Interview
"Ami Horowitz... has been influenced by [Michael] Moore’s comic style, and that’s all to the good."
–Brian Corder, SHOCK YA | Read the Review
"U.N. Me strafes the United Nations, alternately with ridicule or outrage..."
–Mark Jenkins, Washington Post | Read the Feature
"Horowitz's documentary "U.N. Me"...takes the international organization to task for big and small transgressions...in a first film that's funny, feisty and fired up..."
–Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News | Read the Feature
First-time filmmaker takes on U.N.
–Cindy Pearlman, Chicago Sun-Times | Read the Feature
"Horowitz takes a page out of the books of fellow filmmakers Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock and makes “U.N. Me” a cinematic spectacle without sacrificing its credibility."
–Joseph Airdo, Phoenix Examiner | Read the Review
Filmmaker Ami Horowitz takes risks to entertain, inform and persuade
–Joseph Airdo, Phoenix Examiner | Read the Feature
"U.N. Me damningly appraises the United Nations as an institution whose noble original mission has grown compromised by Kafkaesque bureaucracy, ineptitude, corruption and the influence of member nations protecting their own U.N. statute violations."
–Dennis Harvey, Variety | Read the Review
"A scathing takedown of the United Nations..."
–Mindy Farabee, Los Angeles Times | Read the Review
"...the extent of corruption...chronicled in this doc boggles the brain and shakes the conscience."
–Dann Gire, Chicago Daily Herald | Read the Review
U.N. Me Filmmakers Take a DIY Path to a Theatrical Release
–Tom Roston, PBS POV Blog / Doc Soup | Read the Article
U.N. Me documentary makes Borat-style attack on world body
–Ben Harris, Jewish Telegraphic Agency | Read the Article
"...the filmmakers present a sharp, well-argued case that exposes the rampant cronyism and greed eating away at the heart of the institution..."
–Robert Levin, am New York | Read the Review
"The end result is an indictment verified by people up and down the U.N.'s chain of command with paper trails miles long, all delivered with a wit rarely seen in political films."
–Megan Basham, World Magazine | Read the Review
"You laugh throughout the film, all the while recognizing the sad, pitiful truth in his observations."
–Nadine Matthews, New York Amsterdam News | Read the Review
"Horowitz takes it on with facts, the people involved, and good old investigative journalistic approaches, all the while injecting satirical humor that should have fans of [Michael] Moore appreciating the work..."
–Mike Furches, hollywoodjesus.com | Read the Review
U.N. Me Exclusive Interview with Ami Horowitz
–Mike Furches, hollywoodjesus.com | Read the Interview
Film takes on horrors of UN corruption, Michael Moore-style
–Caroline May, The Daily Caller | Read the Feature
"What [Horowitz] has wrought is one of the most terrifyingly horrific presentations of the truth about the United Nations ever captured on celluloid."
–Bob Adelmann, The New American | Read the Review
"Horowitz exposes, in the cold, hard light of day, how [the UN's] tenets have been abandoned for greed, power and status."
–Tiffany Gabbay, theblaze.com | Read the Article
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Scott Mantz reviews U.N. Me on Access Hollywood.
Ami Horowitz interviewed by Chuck Scarborough on NBC New York
Ami Horowitz interviewed on MSNBC's Morning Joe
Co-director Ami Horowitz appears on America's Nightly Scoreboard to discuss the film.
Co-director Ami Horowitz talks with host Stuart Varney about doing a documentary on the United Nations.
Co-director Ami Horowitz tracks down the Sudanese Delegation during the April 2009 UN Anti-Racism Conference, Durban II, to find out what's really going on in Darfur.
Co-director Ami Horowitz chats with an Iranian delegate to the April 2009 UN Anti-Racism Conference, Durban II, in Geneva about Iran's treatment of women and homosexuals.
Co-director Ami Horowitz introduces us to the April 2009 UN Anti-Racism Conference, Durban II, and its swag.
STEP 1: Find your Congressman House.Gov/representatives/find
STEP 2: Write your Congressman
I am deeply concerned to have learned that the United States federal government has sent nearly $8 billion of taxpayer money to the United Nations in the past year, an organization whose role in ensuring fundamental human rights and security across the globe has come into question.
Whether it is acts of peacekeeper malfeasance that are often reported in the press, the complete lack of transparency with respect to how this organization spends taxpayer money, or its inability to prevent mass atrocities, the very reason for this institution’s existence, the United Nations has proven to be a shadow of its intended nature.
Because of this, I am writing you today to suggest two actions that Congress can take as a first step toward helping the United Nations begin to repair its reputation in the world. Through its ability to withhold nearly a quarter of the United Nations budget, Congress can demand action.
1) Demand the United Nations post a full and accurate line item budget online.
As taxpayers of the world responsible for the continued funding of the United Nations, we deserve a full and accurate assessment of how our money is being spent. Because the United Nations already has a heavy presence on the Internet, this is a cost-free distribution method that would allow any taxpayer to see how his or her funds are being spent.
2) Enact Article 6
This article declares that any member state that persistently violates the tenets of the UN Charter should have its membership revoked. From North Korea’s continued flaunting of the United Nations to Sudan’s participation in mass atrocities, there are many candidate member states that have persistently violated the principles of the Charter. To demonstrate that the United Nations has a standard when it comes to the make up of its membership would go a long way toward re-establishing its credibility.
The organization too often prefers opacity to transparency, and only continues functioning thanks to the taxpayers of the world. It is through the financing of the UN that we can institute accountability.