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Special Peace Day Philly Screening

The Same Heart

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Wednesday 9/21
7:00 pm
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This film is a presentation of Media Voices for Children and Galen Films.  

Q&A with filmmaker Len Morris and global poverty expert Mariana Chilton will follow the screening.


This event is part of Peace Day Philly 2016, the local initiative for the UN International Day of Peace. Go to www.peacedayphilly.org for more information and events.


The Same Heart is a documentary about the impacts of inequality on the world’s children, with a radical prescription for change. Produced by filmmakers Len and Georgia Morris and Petra Lent McCarron, and narrated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the film was just featured at the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

Why do half of the world’s children live in grinding poverty? The Same Heart follows a growing number of global economists and moral leaders who agree that an extremely small financial transaction tax could for the first time, place the needs of all children at the heart of the global financial system, suggesting a sustainable approach to funding with programs that “work from the bottom up.”

Shot in eleven countries including the United States, The Same Heart features a global cast that includes Nobel Peace Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kailash Satyarthi, Barack Obama, Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai, Mairead Maguire and Nobel economists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman with ethicist Peter Singer and economist Dean Baker. 

Joining their voices are community activists and children from Kenya to Baltimore - part of a growing movement that puts the needs of children at the center of the world economy. By investing in children through a very small global financial transaction tax, funds could be generated every year to save the lives of the over six million children who die each year from preventable causes. 

“The problem is not the poverty of wealth or resources, it is the poverty of human compassion, of political will, of our commitment to future generations. “ - Kailash Satyarthi

Partnering with the filmmakers is New York-based Motema Music, whose artists provide The Same Heart’s global soundtrack, from Mali to New Orleans, New York and beyond. 

The Same Heart is the third film in a trilogy on children's human rights produced by Martha's Vineyard-based Galen Films, the production team behind Stolen Childhoods (2005), the first global survey of child labor, and Rescuing Emmanuel (2009), a deeply felt examination of the life and struggles of street children through the story of a Kenyan street boy. And now, The Same Heart provides an idea for “lifting a billion children from poverty, one transaction at a time.”

In 2012, director Len Morris received the Iqbal Masih Award from The U.S. Department of Labor, for his work to end child labor. He is the recipient of The Walter Cronkite Award and Images and Voices of Hope awards. Len and Georgia's films have aired on HBO, TNT, AMC, PBS, ABC and NBC and been released theatrically, translated into multiple languages, broadcast around the world and honored with numerous industry awards and an Independent Filmmaker Grant from the American Film Institute. 

In an unequal world where so few control so much at the expense of so many, Desmond Tutu lends his moral authority in the film. 

“These children are not numbers on a page, they are flesh and blood. Think of a child you love. Think of your own child.” - Desmond Tutu