The World Is My Country

In the wake of the Immigration ban

Director Arthur Kanegis presents excerpts of


(26 min)

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The Humanist Society is pleased to present Director Arthur Kanegis, who will present a 26 minute excerpt from his forthcoming 84 minute movie “The World Is My Country” – a film that is a perfect response to the current controversy.

The recent immigration order has triggered a rising call to return to the founding sentiment that made America great:

  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.

In 1776, we the people, separated into 13 colonies, rose to greatness with “one out of many,” E Pluribus Unum.

Today, even unexpected voices like Nike, Ford, Starbucks, the Motion Picture Association, & Netflix have taken a stand against excluding people because of national origin or religion.  Lyft donated a $1 million to ACLU and the co-founder of Google joining street protests.

And for good reason.  In the 1940’s fear and hatred erupted in 50 million people being slaughtered in war. 

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 – culminating in 1948 when the United Nations passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights unanimously!  That evolution of World Law was designed to prevent the kind of outrages we see rising once again.

Today, that story of Garry Davis could well be the perfect antidote to the sense of fear and powerlessness that leads to trying to close in, restrict freedoms and build walls.

Now is the perfect time for “The World is My Country” to inspire us all to realize that greatness comes not by separation and fear of those who are different, but by we, the people, celebrating our diversity and forming a more perfect union – at the global level.

This is a film that reaches across political boundaries, drawing in even those who were filled with fear, to come along on Garry’s journey from a broken past to a future world that works for everyone!

As Martin Sheen says in the film: “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  

Thank you for saying with us: “The World is My Country!”

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