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Movie World Premiere Sunday, Nov. 3 in Los Angeles: “¡RELEASED!”, Highlights of Amnesty International’s Historic Human Rights Concerts

October 24, 2013

Contact: Carol Gregory, [email protected], 202-675-8759, @AIUSAmedia

(LOS ANGELES) — Amnesty International's historic "Human Rights Concerts" series that took place between 1986-1998 will be saluted at a World Premiere presented by the prestigious film organization, The American Cinematheque, in Santa Monica, CA on Sunday, Nov.3 at 3 pm. Two members of The Police — Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland — will reunite to participate in a Q&A following the screening with producer Martin Lewis.

The World Premiere of "¡RELEASED!" at the landmark 1940 movie palace The Aero Theater in Santa Monica showcases 93 -minutes of highlight performances distilled from Amnesty's acclaimed concert series.

The premiere celebrates the release on Tuesday, Nov.5 of "¡RELEASED!", a six-disc, seventeen-hour DVD box-set and companion two-disc CD, of the Human Rights Concerts. Bruce Springsteen, U2, The Police, Sting, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant are among 36 of the world's leading musicians performing their biggest hits live for Amnesty on the DVDs and CDs – with net proceeds benefitting Amnesty.

The reunion of The Police for Amnesty in June 1986 (after a two-year hiatus) was one of the highlights of Amnesty's "A Conspiracy of Hope" U.S. tour, which led to further Amnesty tours and concerts, including the ground-breaking six-week world tour "Human Rights Now!" in 1988 (starring Springsteen, Sting and Peter Gabriel). The Police appearance for Amnesty was their last public performance for 21 years.

Also being screened at the L.A. premiere event –- a special 3 pm matinee to encourage family attendance –- is "Light A Candle!" a new 40-minute documentary about the history of the benefit series; a 20-minute animated film recounting "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights" curated by Aardman Animation (the studio behind "Wallace And Gromit") with narration by Jeff Bridges and Debra Winger, and a soundtrack by David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Danny Elfman and Mark Mothersbaugh (of Devo fame), and "Witness To A Conspiracy" –- a three-minute film drawn from Peter Gabriel's home movies of Amnesty's 1986 tour.

Among those attending the World Premiere on behalf of Amnesty International USA will be Executive Director Steven Hawkins and Ann Burroughs, chair of the Board of Directors.

WHAT: World Premiere of "¡RELEASED!", filmed highlights of Amnesty International's historic "Human Rights Concerts" series that took place between 1986-1998

WHEN: Sunday, Nov.3,3 pm to 6 pm (Pacific Standard Time)

WHERE: The Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, (at 14th Street) Santa Monica CA. (Map:http://goo.gl/maps/x4tEm)

DETAILS & TICKETS:http://www.HumanRightsConcerts.com/screenings.html

Info about the Concerts & DVD:http://www.AmnestyUSA.org/released

Adults: $11
Seniors (65+): $9
Students (valid ID): $9
Kids (3-17): $9
Amnesty Members: $8
Cinematheque Members: $7

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.