“A true blockbuster for the human spirit!”
Kerry Wright, Edu.
"The World is My Country"
The true story of the daring, controversial, decades-ahead-of-his-time
World Citizen #1 Garry Davis
A song and dance man desperate to stop a war,
pulls off an act of political theater so gutsy
and eye-opening that it sparks a huge movement -- drawing Albert Einstein,
Albert Camus and a cast of thousands into a story Martin Sheen calls
"a roadmap to a better future."
“Minutes after pressing play, THE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY was off to an unlikely start: a young granddaughter in a rainbow audience of kids watching as her 90-year old grandad hobbles onto a Charlie Chaplin stage, kicks away his cane and launches into his Danny-Kaye routine from the Golden Age Broadway. It all felt a bit schmaltzy. However, as the film progressed, I was drawn in by Garry Davis's enthusiastic, extremely unique and influential story, with its infectious idea that somehow managed to spark Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Camus and 20,000 Parisians into a mighty movement: 'World Citizenship!
This guy Garry Davis had the innocence of such endearing fictional characters as Forest Gump or Zelig. But here was a honest-to-goodness, unscripted, real-life person, who-- with such purpose, full-awareness, common sense and guts-- blew me away. How could this guy be real? And yet, there he was in black-and-white archival, a part of world history! In the end, I was definitely taken with Garry Davis's amazing story, because in a 21st century world that's been torn apart by renewed walls of fear and divisions of hate, his message of 'World Unity' is something we all need to embrace. 71 years after he first proposed a positive movement, Garry might well be giving us, as Martin Sheen says in his intro, a 'road map to a better future'.
Best of Best for the Future of Your Film."
--Greg Rhem - former Director, HBO Documentary Films, Creative Consultant, Highbridge Dreams, LLC