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New Alicia Keys video imagines refugee crisis in U.S., Mexico

Alicia Keys just released a new short film, Let Me In, in time with World Refugee Day and the action-packed short film brings the seemingly distant refugee crisis to America.

In the 11 minute-long video, which Keys made in support of her organization We Are Here with Global Citizen partners Oxfam, CARE, and War Child, Keys and her children are seen fleeing conflict and violence in L.A. for the safer lands of Mexico. 

The video starts with a peaceful scene in Keys’ kitchen as she eats a meal with her two children. Suddenly a bomb explodes outside the house, and we see them traversing Southern California. It’s not until 4:25 minutes into the short film, Keys begins singing her new song “Hallelujah.” The lyrics are powerful and touch on an all-too-common attitude toward refugees.

“I’ve been strong for so long that I’m blind. Is there a place I can go where the lonely river flows where fear ends and faith begins?”

The video flashes to a police officer in Mexico finishing breakfast with his family before driving out to deal with American refugees who are approaching the border. The film takes a heartwarming turn shifting as the police officer in the video welcomes refugees into Mexico with water and tents for shelter.

Still, the ending is haunting as Keys’ daughter unknowingly watches her mother float away in the same type of inflatable vessel thousands of refugees drown in while attempting to cross the Mediterranean.


The video ends with the message to demand our “governments act with love.”

Alicia Keys is no newcomer to using her voice to help others. Three years ago, Keys performed at the 2013 Global Citizen Festival and asked millions of global citizens to take a stand against the world’s biggest challenges.

Now, the world has blindly watched for five years as the number of refugees grew in Syria, South Sudan, and conflict across borders and many countries did little to help. Other neighboring countries took on much of the responsibilities of caring for refugees.


In a shocking new report from the UN, the number of refugees and displaced persons surpassed previous records — 65.3 million people are known to be displaced. No organization or agency has ever recorded more than 60 million refugees before.

Today, on World Refugee Day, tragic facts along with stunning media pushing society to expand mindsets toward refugee can acts as a final wakeup call and cry for action to stand with the world’s refugees.  

To learn more about the We Are Here Movement visit http://weareheremovement.com/.