Rob Bethke

Altadena, California, United States

Speaking for those who can't speak for themselves.

At United World Media we produce and distribute educational documentary films that promote social justice around the world and unify diverse people groups.

The visual arts have proven to be powerful tools for social change throughout history, and film in particular over the last century.  These tools can be used toward destructive ends as seen from the divisiveness created from the nationalistic propaganda films of the mid-twentieth century (Triumph of the Will, 1935), but films have also proven to be a powerful catalyst for social progress (Hearts and Minds, 1974).  Our primary task is to bring more positive, educational films to the mainstream American marketplace and inspire advocacy for global justice through audience awareness.

We desire to see a WORLD where people are informed about the lives of their global neighbors; a WORLD where individuals identify themselves as part of the human family rather than defenders of their own tribe, group, or nation; a WORLD where human rights abuses are never tolerated and the community of nations takes swift action to protect the helpless from suffering; a UNITED WORLD where members of the global neighborhood celebrate the uniqueness and similarities of all people across our planet.

We believe that the combination of knowledge and empathy can be a powerful force that motivates individuals to address important challenges facing our world.  We believe in journalistic fairness and the importance of demonstrating the complexity of the issues and the many perspectives involved.  We believe that the dominant ideology of “national self-interest” often stands in the way of our responsibility to help the suffering and oppressed outside of our own borders.  We believe that unity and understanding among members of the global neighborhood is the most effective tool for bringing about needed social reforms.


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