Stay Human Directed
Michael Franti USA / 2018 / 94 minutes
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The screening will be followed by a short performance featuring Michael Franti
During these turbulent times, the feeling of hopelessness is everywhere. Seeking a path to stay human and hold on to humanity, Michael Franti takes us on an experiential journey through his songs and stories of people who have overcome cynicism with optimism and hope. Franti shares the tales of Robin Lim, a midwife who opened a birthing clinic following a devastating typhoon in the Philippines, Steve and Hope Dezember, a young couple whose love carries them through Steve's battle with ALS, Arief Rabik, an environmentalist making industrial and household products with bamboo to curb deforestation in Bali, and Sive Mazinyo and Busisiwwe Vazi, inspiring their community of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, through music and education. Franti reflects on his personal journey facing adversity as a child, struggling to find his voice as a musician, and how he found inspiration through these stories. He hopes to inspire people to become changemakers by utilizing creativity, tenacity and heart to face our daily challenges as individuals, and together as citizens of our planet to Stay Human.
BIO: Michael Franti is a globally recognized musician, humanitarian and activist filmmaker, revered for his high-energy live shows, inspiring music, devotion to health and wellness, and worldwide philanthropic efforts. Franti believes first and foremost in using music as a vehicle for positive change - his 9th album Soulrocker, with its potent hybrid blend of hip-hop, rock, folk, reggae, and electronic music, once again demonstrates Franti's singular ability to create music that is both through-provoking and triumphantly hopeful.
Cast/Featuring: Michael Franti
Narrator: Michael Franti
Executive Producer(s): Sara Agah Franti, Tom Sebastian
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