In concert with the rising tide of voices against the immigration ban, we are making public this 1 minute excerpt of our not-yet-released feature doc "The World is My Country."
Uniting against the immigration ban, citizen groups, corporations and people around the world are echoing the principals upon which America was founded.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Today millions are rising up to oppose excluding people solely because of their national origin or religion. And for good reason. In the 1940's fear and hatred erupted into World War II and 50 million people were killed.
In the wake of that war, one man, a song and dance man, managed to pull off an outrageous act of theater so bold that it galvanized war weary Europe. 20,000 people rallied with him calling for the United Nations to recognize the rights of humanity.
The very next day, December 10, 1948, the United Nations passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights -- unanimously! Finally the whole world was embracing human rights for all — the beginning of the evolution of World Law designed to prevent the kind of outrages we see in the world today.
Today, that story of the power of one could well be the antidote to the sense of fear and powerlessness that leads to trying to close in, restrict freedoms and build walls. "That's not what would make us great again" say those opposing the ban. But what would? What's a compelling vision that could unite us all in a vision of how to actually achieve for all Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?
"The World is My Country" may well be the seminal film to inspire the realization that true greatness will come when we, the people, celebrate our diversity and work together to build a more perfect union -- at the global level.
We have found that even those who supported the immigration order, are drawn in by Garry's courageous story -- a traumatized veteran, suffering PTSD, who journeys from a broken past into compelling action to set the stage for a future that works for everyone.
"Garry Davis opens the doors to our personal jail cells, hands us the rusty old key and says:
Don't forget to dance on the way out!"
See the trailer for The World Is My Country at TheWorldisMyCountry.com
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