Freedom Flight: Amnesty International 60th anniversary

A stunning film with Amnesty activists in five iconic global landmarks and dramatic celestial drone art displays is released today to celebrate Amnesty International’s 60th anniversary.

An orchestral version of Peter Gabriel’s haunting human rights anthem ‘Biko’ provides the soundtrack with newly recorded vocals from The Spirituals gospel choir in London and Angelique Kidjo and Nazanin Boniadi, among others, provide the powerful narration of the ‘Ode to Amnesty’ poem written specially by Bill Shipsey for the film and now translated into twenty languages.

“Freedom Flight”, a two-minute long film produced by Art for Amnesty and Celestial, a cutting-edge drone art company, for Amnesty International France was shot on location on Robben Island in Cape Town, Sydney Opera House, Jama Masjid Mosque, New Delhi, Plaza del Zócalo, Mexico City and at the Palais de Chaillot, Paris.

Peter Gabriel incorporated the vocals of ‘The Spirituals’ who came together during the last year under Covid-19 as a means of reclaiming and celebrating black spirituals, composers, musicians. Due to time and Covid-19 restrictions, the singers recorded individual tracks on their smart phones and sent them to be assembled just last week.

Gabriel, an Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience and longstanding champion of the human rights organisation, said:

“It was a race against time but definitely worth it. The Spirituals Choir is committed to telling stories of social justice and black history to a new generation which fits very well with the inspiration in the story of Steve Biko.

“Now more than ever, we need as many people as possible to start taking injustice personally and to get involved in any way they can. Amnesty has been doing extraordinary work around the world which I believe is really important and supported for forty years, so I was very happy to be asked to help with this beautiful film.”

Find out more about Amnesty’s anniversary here.