The movie tells the story of a Broadway actor who was so mortified about bombing civilians in WW II and so determined to prevent WW III, that he dared to interrupt the UN General Assembly to call on the delegates to unite. “If you won't do it, step aside and a people's world assembly will arise from our ranks to do it!" he shouted.
This bold act ignited war-weary Europe. Albert Einstein, John Paul Sartre, Simon de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus joined him. 20,000 people rallied with him to demand the United Nations to recognize the rights of humanity. The very next day, December 10,1948, the Soviets stepped aside and let the UN unanimously pass? the Universal Declaration of Human Rights! For the next 65 years, as a citizen of no nation, only the world, Garry took on border guards, guns and jail – in an audacious effort to inspire the people of our world to rise above the borders that divide us and build a bottom-up way we can outlaw war and ecocide, and create what he called, “a People-Powered Planet.”
Note: this Event will feature excerpts from the film, but the first 100 registrants will receive a free link to watch the entire film before the event.
Arthur Kanegis, director of "The World Is My Country" is president of Future WAVE, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to shifting our culture of violence to a culture of peace. In 1978, he produced "War Without Winners,” a TV documentary on the nuclear war issue, narrated by Paul Newman. In 1983, he was involved in the production of the ABC TV special "The Day After". The film had the largest TV audience of any made-for-TV ever -- over 100 million in the US and over 200 million in the Soviet Union. He also produced a PSA with Paul Newman that ABC affiliates ran immediately after the show. David Gallup is the executive director of the World Service Authority in Washington DC.