On World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), a day dedicated to uniting in the fight against HIV, Alicia Keys did her part by releasing a “Keep A Child Alive,” a documentary aimed at promoting awareness for the epidemic.
According to OTRC, the documentary follows the “Fallin” singer and five young adults during a trip to South Africa during last year’s World Cup in which they visited numerous Keep a Child Alive – Key’s non-profit organization that provides medicine to African HIV victims – funded sites.
The philanthropic star said about her decision to make the movie (via CNN):
“I want people to feel like you can do something about this (epidemic), and that you understand it because you find a place inside yourself that connects to the love of another human being.”
According to CNN, the five Americans who made the journey to Africa with Keys were selected out of 24,000 applicants, who all texted the word that best describes their feelings about Africa. The winning words were heartbeat, resilient, ubuntu, strength.
Keys said the young adults who made the journey with her, many of whom had never ventured outside America, felt empowered after meeting with some of the 16.6 million children have lost their parents to AIDS.
“A lot of times we feel like things going on in the word are so big and so massive and untouchable, and think, ‘What can we do, and how can we do anything.’ I think that when we see it from human to human … you will feel empowered and angered,” Keys said.
Check out Alicia Keys in the trailer for the “Keep A Child Alive” documentary below: