Ami Horowitz, the producer and director of the movie UN Me, was motivated by the way Michael Moore interwove humor into his 2002 “documentary” Bowling for Columbine to do something similar with the United Nations. “Say what you will about Michael Moore, the guy knows how to make an entertaining and powerful film,” Horowitz told The Daily Caller.
We are dealing with very difficult issues ultimately—very heavy stuff—and to do it without levity, I thought, would be a recipe for disaster. Nobody wants to sit there for 90 minutes…watching terrible images cross the screen, so I knew humor had to be a part of it.
In his film, Horowitz does an expert job presenting the “very heavy stuff” exposing the corruption of the widely revered UN institution—so expert in fact that his exposure swamps the levity. But it is the information and not the humor that’s important, and Horowitz cannot be blamed for the fact that his information is shocking not humorous. What he has wrought is one of the most terrifyingly horrific presentations of the truth about the United Nations ever captured on celluloid.
UN Me, which opened Friday in 11 cities, starts out almost apologetically, pointing out some small amount of good the UN has performed over the years. But this was done clearly to set up the viewer for what’s to come, including: