Taylor and I have supported Amnesty International for decades, because it unites us in saving lives and defending human rights.
We are both very fortunate to live and work in countries where artists have freedom of speech and artistic expression - they are even lauded and awarded for their work.
However, in many countries in the world, creating art or speaking openly can land you in jail, or much worse. Artists doing the same work that we take for granted have been tortured and "disappeared" for exposing painful truths about corruption and inhumanity in their societies. The fall-out for family and friends can be agonizing - even they can become targets of harassment.
Over the last 50 years, Amnesty has freed thousands of people who have been tortured or imprisoned for their beliefs or peaceful activism.
We are bound together by a passion for human rights. Take that next step with us. Become a member now.
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Very truly yours, Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford
Dame Helen Mirren is an actor known for her work in films such as The Queen, Hitchcock and The Madness of King George. Her husband, filmmaker Taylor Hackford, is known for directing movies such as Ray, An Officer and a Gentleman and The Devil's Advocate.
*Photo courtesy L.A. Times
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