Magazine article Variety

Son's Spirit Guides Turn on LA Using Media to Spark Change

Magazine article Variety

Son's Spirit Guides Turn on LA Using Media to Spark Change

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Dan Eldon wanted to make the world a better place. When the photojournalist was killed by a mob in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993, while covering a disastrous U.N. military operation, his mother, Kathy, knew she had unfinished work to do.

A few years later, Kathy Eldon launched Creative Visions Foundation which, on Oct. 2, will hold its second T\irn on LA fundraiser, hosted by director Jon Turteltaub (husband of Kathy's producer-daughter Amy), with Kweku Mandela - Nelson's grandson - as special presenter, and performers including Aloe Blacc and spoken word poet IN-Q. The three honorées of the Dan Eldon Creative Activist Award will be CNN's Sanjay Gupta, 17-year-old Pakistani women's education activist Malala Yousafzai, and philanthropist and filmmaker Lehka Singh.

Singh's 2012 doc, "Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness," tells the stories of rapprochement between victims and perpetrators of violence in the Rwandan genocide, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the troubles in Northern Ireland. "I was in Rwanda and I saw this woman whose five children had been murdered talking to the murderer and even sharing a soda with him, and I was like, how is that even possible?" Singh said. "How can people forgive like that? …

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