Today (June 20th) is both the first day of Summer in 2016 as well as World Humanitarian Day. To celebrate the latter, Alicia Keys and her We Are Here campaign have unveiled a new short film, Let Me In.
The film proposes an interesting conundrum: what if the refugee crisis hit Los Angeles, and Mexico was the place of salvation? Keys stars in the clip, in which she desperately tries to cross the border to get her family to safety and sanctuary.
“I was stunned 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,” says Keys via press release. “Creating this film really allowed us to imagine, what if we were the refugees? What if we were the ones torn from the arms of our families and loved ones? How would it feel if this were happening to us?”
“The intention behind Let Me In is to bring the struggles of refugees and displaced people into a relatable context,” says director Jonathan Olinger. “I hope the film leaves people asking the simple question: What if it was us? And that it ultimately blurs the lines between ‘us’ and ‘them’ — as we are all human.”