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Friday, May 19 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Speak UP and Be Heard | Films About Artists Changing the World

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Art and artists have the power to dramatically shift perception on social issues. These two documentaries, from the Amnesty International Speak UP program, follow artists in west Africa who use their music to raise issues, and celebrate human rights.

SpeakUP: THE POWER OF LYRICS follows a day in the life of Y'en A Marre, a group of creative activists, hip hop artists, and journalists who came together in 2012 to create a revolution through music in Senegal.

SpeakUP: WOMEN OF AFRICA follows multiple-Grammy-winner Angelique Kidjo as she passionately meets young female artists across Dakar, inspiring them to continue using their work as a platform for social change.

Introduction and Q&A with director, Zena Loxton.

Talent
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Zena Loxton

Zena Loxton is an artist, film director, yogi and media maven. After some time as a creative director at VICE, she is now making independent work that prioritizes the holistic integrity of an idea, and elegance in execution above all. Zena's current obsession is creating positive images to counteract the deluge of division in the news cycle. | News ---> DivisionART -----> UNITY

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Protest

WE are the agents of change in this world. We are the artists, activists, and innovators who can raise consciousness and organize resistance to redesign our future. The forward movement of science and society doesn’t have to mean dystopia—it could mean more advanced problem-solving technology and increasingly innovative ways to use that technology for justice. So how can we use our resources to synthesize change? How do the musical... Read More →



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