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The World Without US

Director Mitch Anderson, a Romanian immigrant living in the US, once pondered what the world would look like if the US suddenly disengaged around the world. The resulting 'what if' is an 85-minute film called The World Without US.
October 5, 2007


Director Mitch Anderson, a Romanian immigrant living in the US, once pondered what the world would look like if the US suddenly disengaged around the world. The resulting ‘what if’ is an 85-minute film called The World Without US.

The scenario he proposes in his film is based on extensive travel and interviews, tons of archival footage, and over two years of effort. (Anderson had over 120 hours of interviews and B-roll to work with alone…) Relying heavily on dramatic elements, the film proposes a futuristic scenario in which a presidential candidate proposes a complete withdrawal of all US troops internationally. That suggestion triggers a journalistic investigation that spans three continents in search for answers to the question: what would happen?
Given the incredible commitment of US resources and troops around the world, this film raises questions that every American citizen should ask. Whether or not the answers point to disengagement is irrelevant – it’s the questions that are important. This film does a good job of raising them creatively.

Partners: Deep Waters Productions
Wrapped: September 2007
Length: 85 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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