A New York investment banker for thirteen years, Ami Horowitz has turned documentary filmmaker (he’s also written for The Huffington Post) and made what looks like a probing study of the United Nations’ position in world affairs–he co-directed with Matthew Groff.
So there is art after investment banking.
What’s especially thrilling about Horowitz is that he seems to pour all his investment banker energies into his documentary. Pay attention as he stands squarely in front of the camera talking with poise and combative energy.
Watch him here as he interviews an Iranian diplomat attempting to establish that human rights mean different things to different people.
This new documentary, slated for release on September 23rd, is called “U.N. Me.”
What is the United Nations? For you, the U.N. may be the guest who’s overstayed its welcome, a holdover from Cold War-era days. And yet, the world is better off having a U.N. than not having a U.N.
The thing that sounds so cool about Horowitz is that he’s at least pretending to ask the tough questions in his documentary – whether he actuallys gets at something or not, we’ll see in September.
Here’s his Charter of Questions-I-promise-to-raise-in-my-movie:
How a U.N. peacekeeping force stationed in Cote d’Ivoire fired into a crowd of unarmed protesters, injuring and killing dozens, and how the U.N. failed to investigate.
How the largest U.N. humanitarian effort ever conceived, the Oil for Food Program, devolved into one of the biggest scams in the history of the world, and how the U.N. never disciplined or fired the culprits.
How the organization that ought to be leading the international effort to eradicate terrorism cannot, seven years after 9/11, agree on a definition of “terrorism.”
How the U.N.’s Human Rights Council prolonged the genocide in Darfur by attempting to discredit the urgent recommendations of its own investigative team.
Horowitz partnered up with Bob Richman, the cameraman on “An Inconvenient Truth” (which won an Academy Award) and Wolfgang Held, who was the cinematographer for award-winning films such as Some Kind Of Monster, Children Underground and won a Primetime Emmy for Carrier.
Like the very expensive wines that investment bankers drink, “U.N. Me” has had plenty of time to mature. Horowitz has been traveling the world and taping the various segments of it since 2006.