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New film “Let Me In” shines light on world refugee crisis

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Re-imagining the refugee crisis—and moving it to America in Alicia Keys’ new film featuring her new song, “Hallelujah”.

One of the many great perks of my job managing Oxfam America’s Music Outreach program is that I get to work with some of the world’s most talented music artists.

Bob and Alicia Keys in Brooklyn. Photo: Kimberly Ferguson

As a music fan, I love to be close to people who create songs that move me.  But as a career humanitarian, I continue to be amazed and inspired by the intelligence and creativity many of those artists have and use in the service of  the same people Oxfam works to help.  A perfect example of that is the new short film from Alicia Keys, Let Me In, which was released today, World Refugee Day.

Let Me In, directed by Jonathan Olinger, features the moving new song, “Hallelujah” from Alicia’s upcoming album. The film re-imagines the refugee crisis on American soil, displacing thousands in the Los Angeles metropolitan area who must seek safety and well-being by crossing the border into Mexico. The film follows Alicia’s character and her family’s struggle to reach safety in the midst of conflict.

The film is the cornerstone of Alicia’s We Are Here cultural movement’s campaign to shine a spotlight on the refugee crisis.  The campaign is in support of We Are Here member organizations Oxfam, Care, and War Child’s ongoing work with refugees and people forced to flee their homes.

Please take a moment to view the film, reflect, and then take action with us at the link below.  We don’t have to be silent on this issue.  In fact, we can’t.

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