By Jack Barnes
In conjunction with World Refugee Day, today, Alicia Keys’ cultural movement, We Are Here, has partnered with CARE, Oxfam and War Child, on a new campaign to raise awareness and reinvigorate the conversation around the refugee crisis currently affecting 65 million people around the world. Coinciding with the campaign’s launch, Alicia Keys’ has premiered a new short film entitled Let Me In, directed by Jonathan Olinger from HUMAN. The film’s soundtrack is a new song, “Hallelujah,” off her upcoming album to be released later this summer. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
Let Me In reimagines the refugee crisis on America’s shores, displacing thousands in the Los Angeles metropolitan area who must seek safety and wellbeing by crossing the border into Mexico. Starring Alicia Keys, the film follows her and her family’s struggle to reach safety in the midst of conflict.
“I was stunned when I learned that there are more refugees living in the world today than at any other point in history, and half of them are children,” says Alicia Keys. “Creating this film really allowed us to imagine, what if we were the refugees? What if we were the ones torn from the arms of our families and loved ones? How would it feel if this were happening to us?”
“The intention behind Let Me In is to bring the struggles of refugees and displaced people into a relatable context,” says Jonathan Olinger, director of Let Me In. “I hope the film leaves people asking the simple question: What if it was us? And that it ultimately blurs the lines between ‘us’ and ‘them’ — as we are all human. HUMAN’s collaboration with Alicia Keys and We Are Here Movement amplifies this story and we hope it creates global conversation, empathy and action.”
Viewers can get involved and pledge their support by visiting www.WeAreHereMovement.com and making a contribution that will go towards items that will benefit refugees around the world through We Are Here partnering organizations.
“Let Me In shines a light on the plight of the millions of people who are displaced in the world, and brings the brutality of war into our lives in a very personal way,” says Dr. Samantha Nutt, Founder, War Child USA and Canada. “At a time when 65 million people are displaced in the world, we are grateful to Alicia Keys, who through her We Are Here Movement has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to those who have been forced to flee their homes. Let Me In helps give a voice to those who have gone unheard for far too long. I encourage everyone to watch and donate.”
“Around the world, millions of refugees are fleeing poverty and conflicts in the hope of securing a better life for themselves and their children. These are not just numbers, they are real people with individual stories,” says Raymond Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America. “Let Me In allows viewers to experience, if only for a few moments, the dangerous journey many risk in pursuit of safer, better lives for their families. We are so grateful to Alicia Keys and We Are Here for lending their voice to the millions of refugees around the world.”
“Today, we live in a world with more refugees than any time in history,” says David Ray, Vice President of Advocacy for CARE. “Let Me In sends a powerful message that we must all support the millions of people displaced around the world. CARE is thrilled to partner with Alicia Keys and the We Are Here Movement to raise awareness of the plight of refugees. We hope this movement will inspire and motivate others to take action and call on their elected leaders to do the same.”
Alicia Keys has long been a powerful force in the world of philanthropy. She co-founded Keep a Child Alive (KCA) in 2003, a non-profit organization that partners with community based organizations to combat the physical, social, and economic impact of HIV on children and families in India and Africa and has raised more than $50 million dollars in 13 years. In 2014, she launched We Are Here, which works to empower the global community around a host of issues and initiatives, building a better world where all people are equal and treated with dignity.
About We Are Here
We Are Here Movement was founded in 2014 to empower people around a host of issues Alicia Keys cares about. They take the guesswork out of where and how to give through a curated coalition of organizations, causes and campaigns to provide the public with one-stop shopping to change the world. You can get involved by visiting www.weareheremovement.com.
Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger and injustice. They work with people in more than 90 countries to save lives, develop long-term solutions to poverty, and campaign for social change. To join Oxfam’s efforts or learn more, go to www.oxfamamerica.org.
About War Child
War Child is an internationally recognized charity that works with war-affected communities to help children reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity and justice. War Child takes an active role in raising public awareness around the impact of war on communities and our shared responsibility to act. Visit www.warchildusa.org to learn more.
Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year CARE worked in 90 countries and reached more than 72 million people around the world. Visit www.care.org to learn more.
HUMAN is a global media platform that works with artists, causes and companies to create stories and experiences that connect humanity. Find them at www.thehumanstory.com.
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