Come Clean 4 Congo

Tonight at the Hollywood Film Festival’s Human Rights Symposium, Matt Smith will accept his award for submitting the winning video to YouTube’s Video for Change program, “Come Clean 4 Congo,” in partnership with the Enough Project. Back in May, we asked you to make videos demonstrating the connection between the “conflict minerals” used in cell phones and the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Matt’s winning video, voted #1 by the YouTube community, used spoken word to take a far-away, complex issue and make it understandable and compelling:

The idea for the video, says Smith, came from a recent trip to the Congo where he saw first hand the tragic impact that conflict minerals have on the Congolese people. He created the video with a small team of volunteers committed to making a meaningful impact in the Congo. “We entered this contest because we have all been moved by the suffering in the Congo,” said Smith. “We want to use our gifts and creativity to help raise awareness and bring hope to the people in Congo.”

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