Culture Project and award-winning producer Fisher Stevens (The Cove, 2009, National Board Review Winner for Best Documentary) are in production on The War Against War, a documentary film that takes an in-depth and honest look at United Nations peacekeeping operations around the globe – spotlighting the fourteen standing forces stabilizing political tensions in Haiti, and the extreme dangers the peacekeepers, also known as Blue Helmets, face every day.

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2009

A Tribute to Peacekeeping

Isha Sesay (emcee)
Fisher Stevens (film director)
Nile Rodgers (musical director)

Salman Ahmad
Samir Chatterjee
Aterciopelados
Harry Belafonte
Roberta Flack
Emmanuel Jal
Angelique Kidjo
Sister Fa
John McLaughlin
Zakir Hussain
Remember Shakti

On October 23, 2009, musical artists from around the world united to pay tribute to UN peacekeepers who serve some of the most victimized populations in the most dangerous places on earth. Using music as a powerful instrument of peace, artists commemorated the 64th anniversary of the United Nations.

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2009

Breaking the Silence, Beating the Drum

Akon & Peter Buffett
Blind Boys of Alabama
Izaline Calister
Staceyann Chin
Toumani Diabate
Whoopi Goldberg
Gilberto Gil
Sarah Jones
Salif Keita
Carl Lewis
Emeline Michel
Lenelle Moise
CCH Pounder
Phylicia Rashad
Nile Rodgers
Passing Strange’s Stew

“We must acknowledge the great lapse in moral judgment that allowed [the Transatlantic Slave Trade] to happen.”
– Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations, 25 March 2008
On March 25, 2009 Culture Project presented Breaking the Silence, Beating the Drum, a concert staged at the United Nations General Assembly Hall commemorating the end of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Held in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations, one of the most unique venues in the world, the concert featured artists from Africa, the Caribbean, North America, Central and Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

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2009

Academy Award nominated director Spike Lee, Culture Project, Steve Colman, Jayson Jackson, and Tom Wirtshafter in association with The Public Theater present

County of Kings

Written and performed by Lemon Andersen

Developed and directed by Elise Thoron

Half Puerto Rican.
Half Norwegian.
Two-time felon.
One Hell of a show.
Featured earlier this year as part of The Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival, Lemon Andersen’s County of Kings gives a tough, yet poignant autobiographical account of a good kid growing up in an unforgiving environment. Lemon, whose parents met at a methadone clinic and passed away from AIDS, served two prison sentences before he was 21 and won a Tony before he turned 30. His on-stage memoir touches on young love, the birth of hip hop, slinging crack, ballet, stealing car parts, prison, and poetry as he takes the audience on an astonishing and surprising one-man journey toward self-discovery.

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In a bold new hybrid of investigative journalism and theater, Blueprint for Accountability brings together the world’s leading experts in politics and journalism with the most visionary artists of our time to create an architectural plan for restoring accountability into our culture.

If you missed “Working the Dark Side,” with Rachel Maddow, Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, Vince Warren and Ron Suskind, a specially edited version of the program is available, thanks to our friends at LinkTV! Watch the groundbreaking evening where Lt. General Sanchez called for a historic truth commission to investigate war crimes – the first major figure from the Iraq theater to do so.

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