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It’s kind of crazy to think that the band U2 has been popular for about 30 years now. Over that three decade span, the group has had music that has ranged from brilliant (War, The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby) to self-indulgent (Pop) to a bit odd (Zooropa). But there has been one constant: They’ve always been a great live act. And tonight, a lot of the world will be able to see that from their computer screens.
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:
In 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall became a striking symbol for free expression far beyond the borders of Germany. Just 20 years later, Iranian citizens used online tools like YouTube and Twitter to share firsthand accounts of the brutal government crackdown waged against protesters disputing the country’s election results. Many Iraniansrisked their lives to document the violence, despite the government’s attempts to expel journalists and stifle any voices of dissent.