Sometimes it’s hard to sympathize with a crisis that is occurring in a place you’ve never been. To people you will never meet. The world seems to always be in one crisis or another and we become filled up and spill over until it’s too much to handle. So we shut off the valve. Close our eyes. But what if it happened to us? What would we do?
That’s what singer and humanitarian Alicia Keys asks in her new short film “Let Me In”. Founded by Keys, We Are Here partnered with Care, Oxfam, and War Child, to raise awareness and once again get us talking about our refugee crisis in hopes of sparking change.
“I’m not an expert on the refugee crisis, but I am just like you – a human, a woman, a mother, a daughter, and a friend. 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, it totally took my breath away! It left me to wonder what if this was me? My sons? My family? My life?” Keys said in a press release on the film.
“Let Me In” envisions a refugee crisis, much like the current one in Syria, as if it were occurring on America’s soil. Inspired by the stories of real refugees, the film follows Keys and her family as they embark on a journey along with thousands of Americans fleeing the conflict in Los Angeles to find safety by crossing the border into Mexico.
Set to Keys’ latest single “Hallelujah”, the film is written by Jonathan Olinger, founder of HUMAN, a NY based media company that creates stories and experiences that connect humanity.