Affleck: I use power to promote humanitarianism

15 January 2013
Affleck: I use power to promote humanitarianism
Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck doesn’t want people to “tune out” from world issues.

The Argo director was awarded with the Cinema for Peace Humanitarian Award by The Cinema for Peace Foundation last week.

Ben founded charity the Eastern Congo Initiative in 2010 and has visited the war torn region several times since.

His non-profit organisation supports several Congolese charities that are committed to rebuilding the region destabilised by militant rebels.

Ben is happy to use his fame to call attention to these tragic matters.

"My cause, the Eastern Congo Initiative, is about the place in the world, which is in central Africa, that's probably suffering the most,” he told ET Online.

“It's devastated by war and hunger and preventable disease. They've had over three million people die over the last 15 years. People kind of want to tune out from that, and so I'm trying to use the power of cinema and the media to have folks tune in."

Ben feels united with his fellow man.

The filmmaker uses his artistic talents to bring communities in touch with each other.

"[For Argo], while I don't want to make obvious messages, I do want to give [audiences] a sense of the grander connectivity between people…people who are all trying to live their lives and figure out how to work and live together," Ben explained.

"It's about storytelling. Storytelling saves lives, storytelling changes the world. We tell stories to our family members and those who are intimate with us. That's how we communicate who we are and express our souls. Storytelling is a powerful thing."

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