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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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