Alicia Keys has an enviable life and is blessed with great talent and beauty. She is also empathetic to the poor, homeless and those without a safe space to call their own.
In a bid to raise awareness, Keys has just released a short film to coincide with World Refugee Day, called Let Me In — which features a fictionalized rendition of the refugee crisis on America’s shores.
Los Angeles metropolitan area is shown as a war zone and her children must flee with her to safety – but that in itself is a problem.
The short film, written and directed by Jonathan Olinger, features her latest single Hallelujah.
Let Me In shows how onerous everyday life is for millions of people who are displaced in the world. The brutality of war and enforcement of backward religious dogma used to oppress women and children is a very real threat in many lives worldwide.
A mother herself, Keys said: “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.”
Indeed. The heartbreaking photos of the Syrian toddlers washing up on Greek shores was a wake-up call for so many. The Cuban refugees over the years who braved rip currents and sharks also have stories to tell.
In Africa, Islamic radicals like Boko Haram steal children, mostly girls, for nefarious purposes. The world seems more unkind and dangerous these days.
Elaborating, Keys said: “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 of this film is meant to inspire dialogue, and thoughts like ‘What if it was us?’ Empathy is in short supply.
You can learn more about Keys’ mission by visiting www.WeAreHereMovement.com and making a contribution that will go towards items that will benefit refugees around the world.
This is not the first foray into social activism for Keys. The New York singer co-founded Keep a Child Alive (KCA) in 2003, a non-profit organization that partners with community-based organizations to combat the negative impact of HIV on children and families in India and Africa and has raised more than $50million dollars in 13 years.
Then, in 2014, she launched We Are Here, a dignity-restoring and educational based charity.