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      U.N. Me

      PG-13 2009 1 hr. 30 min. Documentary List
      55% 22 Reviews Tomatometer 94% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score The filmmaker tours areas in which the U.N. has intervened. Read More Read Less

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      Peter F This is a very good movie. It looks at all the ways the United Nations corrupts the original UN Charter, how its peacekeepers have failed, how its charities have supported terrorism, how its staff have profited from easy, tax-free jobs, unchallenged by ethics or morals. Ex US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton was right when he said the top two thirds of the UN tower could be torn down with no effect. In fact it would improve it. The question now is would we be better off without the UN entirely. Please note how the critics score is way less than the audience score. Because the left wing media hates to think that their darling UN is criticised in any way. Watch and enjoy! And be enraged. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/23/22 Full Review Audience Member Since I have conducted research in Cote d'Ivoire and been a United Nations Volunteer (UNV) at UNOCI let me say something about this dishonest documentary, which touches many real issues but does so with an incredible superficiality and sometimes deliberate bad faith. - Showing peacekeepers on the beach and saying that this demonstrates that they are doing nothing: it is the same thing like showing people who hang out in the Christmas market in Hamburg and deduce that Germans are lazy. Why should people not go to the beach in their freetime? Or should peacekeepers work 7 days a week 14 hours a day? Anyway, Horowitz could have gone to Chad, Central Africa or Darfur, or, to stay in Cote d'Ivoire, to the Western region, instead than Abidjan. He would not have seen peacekeepers on the beach there. But the guy who blame the peacekeepers probably wanted to shoot his documentary in a place where he could stay in a 4 star Hotel and not risk to be shot by armed militias. - There have never been "French UN peacekeepers" in Cote d'Ivoire. There were French soldiers, who were there since 2 years before the UN mission was set up, within the framework of the France-Cote d'Ivoire defence agreement. Mission Licorne got a UN Security Council mandate, but was never under the UN command. - By consequence, if Horowitz wanted to know more about the Hotel Ivoire shooting, he should have talked to the Licorne commander or the French ambassador, certainly not with interim chief of UNOCI Abou Moussa. He does not know about UN peacekeepers shooting people because those were not UN peacekeepers, simple. - Moussa was liked by some and disliked by others, but for sure he was a very approachable person. I was a 27 years old PhD student at the time and I managed very easily to set an interview with him. We talked for one hour or so. Why had Horowitz so many problems to meet him? Maybe because he did not appear serious when he put forward his request? - The film conflates easily sexual exploitation (sex with prostitutes over the age of consent) and abuse/rape. There was surely a problem with prostitution at UNOCI, but 1) cannot be conflated with rape, which I have never heard about 2) before blaming peacekeepers, maybe remind that we are in a country where prostitutes who go with local clients are paid 500 CFA (less than 1 euro) for sex? - In terms of interviews with the local, Horowitz talks only with supporter of the Gbagbo regime (let's remind that the guy is now in jail at the Hague), of course he does not say anything about the belligerents and their agendas, so the public does not know that these people have political motives to be against the UN. - A UNV is paid around 2000 USD per month. A National professional officer is probably paid around the same. A professional expatriate more, but they are not very many in the mission. Military observers are paid more than UNV and NPO (3500 USD) but troops are paid less. Cars can be used free of charge for personal purposes but are shared among the civilian personnel (3-4 people per car). All civilian staff pay their house (a studio apartment in Abidjan costs around 500 USD) and food. We are surely well off in comparison to the local population, but sadly for me I have not have amassed the fortunes described in the documentary, nor have my colleagues. I could continue but I stop here. About Horowitz: "Although the United Nations's treatment of Israel is only a tangential issue in Horowitz's movie, the subject is crucial to him. "My mother's Israeli, and I have a lot of family there. And I'm Jewish. So it's a natural connection. It's unbelievable to me that a country like Israel, which really embodies all the things we want in a country - egalitarianism, pluralism, freedom - is demonized."". Bunch of Zionist anti-UN propaganda. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member This documentary is so US-centered it made me sick. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member U.N. Me is an expose which will blow you away. Please see it before you contribute another penny to the UN or vote for any politician who backs it! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member I found the humor odd but if that is what it takes to get people to wake up than good. I was surprised Yugoslavia didnt make the cut. I believe in A UN just not this UN Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Informative and funny. A rare combination to be found in movies. Highly recommended. You will laugh and then feel disgusted the next. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

      Critics Reviews

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      Dennis Harvey Variety These japes only do a disservice to the film's many serious allegations. Jun 5, 2012 Full Review Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post He scores some good points, if at times his tone seems slightly inappropriate to the gravity of the subject. Rated: 2.5/4 Jun 1, 2012 Full Review Farran Smith Nehme New York Post What truly makes "U.N. Me'' repulsive is its crassness. Rated: 0/4 Jun 1, 2012 Full Review Megan Basham WORLD Though the number of years he dedicated to it unmistakably plays a part in U.N. Me's effectiveness, it's obvious from the outset that Horowitz has innate talent for the medium. Jun 22, 2018 Full Review Sr. Rose Pacatte National Catholic Reporter [U.N. Me] documents many of the gross and more recent failings of the United Nations, but it felt like an assault by an affluent bully (Horowitz) trying to channel Michael Moore. Aug 9, 2017 Full Review Kenneth R. Morefield 1More Film Blog U.N. Me describes scandal after scandal with a relentless dullness and surprisingly glib attitude. Rated: 1.5/4 Jan 2, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis The filmmaker tours areas in which the U.N. has intervened.
      Director
      Matthew Groff, Ami Horowitz
      Screenwriter
      Matthew Groff, Ami Horowitz
      Rating
      PG-13 (Disturbing Thematic Material|Violent Images|Inv. Genocide/Sexual Abuses)
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 18, 2017