- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 22, 2005

The 60th anniversary of the United Nations has been heavily overshadowed by Hurricane Katrina and Judge John Roberts’ Supreme Court nomination. Nonetheless, a Hollywood actor and writer and a Washington insider are hoping their documentary on the United Nations will focus attention on how badly the “world’s workshop for peace” has failed to live up to expectations.

Actor Ron Silver, who transferred his celebrity from the left to right wings with a fiery speech at last year’s Republican National Convention, was in Washington Tuesday night for the premiere of “Broken Promises: The United Nations at 60.”

The Citizens United Foundation, a conservative advocacy group, put up $500,000 to make the 65-minute film in just four months. After the screening at Georgetown’s Loews 14 theater, the group sponsored a reception at the Sequoia restaurant in nearby Washington Harbour.

Mr. Silver, who narrated and co-executive produced the film, said he had been wanting to do a project on the United Nations for years.

“I grew up in New York and used to drive by the building all the time. It represented a much larger world for me,” he said.

As his interest in public policy grew, Mr. Silver said he came to see an “unbelievably yawning chasm between the ideals of [the United Nation’s] charter and how it operated in reality. When you see its lack of effectiveness with genocides, and its corruption … it’s not simply that they were ineffective, it’s that in many cases they were abetting the injustices.”

He approached Citizens United President David Bossie, who once served as chief investigator into President Clinton’s Whitewater dealings for the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

The movie was written, co-produced and directed by Hollywood writer Kevin Knoblock, who also directed Mr. Bossie’s last film, “Celsius 41.11,” a response to Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

“This is a nonpartisan issue. Criticism of the U.N. is a no-brainer,” said Mr. Knoblock, who added that he went out of his way to end the movie with constructive criticism and not just the opinions of “naysayers.”

“Broken Promises” is being released straight to DVD. Copies were given to each member of Congress this week.

Mr. Bossie, a Montgomery County volunteer firefighter in his spare time, said his upcoming projects include films on illegal immigration, U.S.-Iranian foreign policy and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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