As today marks World Refugee Day, we cannot forget that we’re living in an age where millions are being displaced due to war around the world. Joining on the campaign to raise awareness to today, singer Alicia Keys has released a short film titled Let Me In which looks at what a refugee crisis would look like if it was closer to home.
The campaign was launched as a part of Keys’ cultural movement, We Are Here which is partnering with several organisations including CARE, Oxfam and War Child to create a conversation about the refugee crisis. Alicia Keys’ track “Hallelujah” also features in the visuals.
The film, directed by Jonathan Olinger, sees Keys play a mother with two young children living in Los Angeles going about their daily lives till their neighborhood is bombed. Retreating from the area, the family head to the Mexican border to seek refuge. The film’s intentions are clear with a call to wake up and catch a glimpse of what it must be like to be a refugee. This is apparent from Olinger’s comments:
‘The intention behind Let Me In is to bring the struggles of refugees and displaced people into a relatable context…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.’
Keys also spoke on the refugee crisis:
‘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.’
Watch the film below and find out more about the We Are Here movement here.
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