Oscar Winners Meryl Streep and Hans Zimmer Contribute to Collaborative Film Project
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(New York) — Amnesty International today released a compelling new video, "One More Voice," featuring narration by three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and an anthem specially written for the video and Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary by Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer and composer Lorne Balfe.
"One More Voice," which will be distributed on social media outlets, shows the power of international unity in the fight for justice and freedom that Amnesty International has cultivated in its half century of work defending human rights around the world.
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The film captures individuals from all over the world speaking in more than 10 languages – from an activist in Egypt’s Tahrir Squareto student members of Amnesty International in Los Angeles — asking viewers to add "one more voice"to the fight against torture, the death penalty, unjust imprisonment and violence against women – Amnesty International’s core issues.Among the activists shown in the video is the late Martina Correia, sister of Troy Davis, who was executed by the state of Georgia last year. Correia was a tireless advocate in her brother’s case and against the death penalty.
Suzanne Nossel, executive director, Amnesty International USA, said: "This video beautifully captures the heart of the human rights movement—one person after another speaking out against injustice,and together helping to create a more just world. The film reminds us that when we unite around the cause of freedom and human rights, together we are unstoppable. The Amnesty International movement is grateful to the artists who contributed to make this extraordinary film – Meryl Streep and Hans Zimmer, all of the talented directors at the International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers,and the photographers at Magnum Photos."
"One More Voice" is one of the final commemorative projects in Amnesty International’s year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary. The world’s first global human rights organization was founded in 1961 when a British lawyer, seeing injustices around the world, started a campaign to free “prisoners of conscience” jailed for the peaceful expression of their political or religious beliefs.
Produced by Citizen Group in San Francisco, "One More Voice" is a collaborative project that features contributions from new and established directors through a partnership with the International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers. Production took place in countries on six continents, including Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Australia, Hong Kong, Kenya, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Hungary, India, Switzerland, Sweden, South Africa and a number of U.S. cities.
Photos depicting the worldwide struggle for human rights were donated for the video by Magnum Photos, courtesy of the Magnum Foundation. The contributors want to inspire a new generation of activists to join Amnesty International’s life-saving work. It will be distributed widely on a variety of social media outlets and as broadcast PSAs.
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.