Lindsay Taub

Performers Unite to Support Human Rights Watch

2011-05-19 by Lindsay Taub

For one special night, a star-studded cast of actors and musicians came together at the renowned Broad Stage in Santa Monica to support the work of Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. “Cries from the Heart: Ordinary Heroes” featured powerful performances of selected writings and personal testimonies that celebrated and brought to life the courage of “ordinary heroes” who face injustice and fight for basic freedoms around the world.

Performers included Shohreh Aghdashloo, Annette Bening, Keith David, Greg Germann, Taraji P. Henson, Vincent Kartheiser, Anna Khaja, and Julian Sands.

While the intensity of the performances were at times difficult to stomach for a Monday night, they were equally captivating and left you feeling a call to action to do something, particularly one from Bening that left her and the audience in tears. Bridging the gap between each of the four acts – “It’s Hard to be a Hero,” “Overcoming Victimhood,” “Taking a Risk to Take a Stand,” and “Transforming Yourself and the World” – were four stunning performances by singer/songwriters Mia Doi Todd, A Fine Frenzy, and Terra Naomi.

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Tags: Broad Stage, celebrity, Charity, entertainment, human rights watch, Los Angeles

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