Madonna fights oppression with art

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Madonna’s shirt says it all: “Defend Human Rights!”

Madonna spent weeks teasing the internet with a mysterious “secretprojectrevolution,” and on Tuesday she finally revealed her hidden plan called Art For Freedom! The singer is teaming up with VICE Media and BitTorrent to distribute a 17-minute film that will promote freedom of expression and help political protesters. Is this Madonna’s way of fighting Russia (who banned her from entering the nation because she supports gay rights) and the crisis in Syria?

Well, either way, Photographer Steven Klein, who has worked with Madonna several times in recent years, is directing the film. The production encourages viewer submissions that will become a part of the Art For Freedom platform. When the video premieres on September 24, fans can download it along with other free bonus content through the website BitTorrent.

Pretty much, the film operates on many different levels; it questions the government and explains how society influences its members to treat others differently. “My goal is to show by the example of secretprojectrevolution my creative commitment to inspire change in the world through artistic expression,” Madonna said in a statement released Tuesday. “I hope my film and other submissions to Art For Freedom will be a call-to-action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance, and complacency.”

Okay, but apart from the video what else are you given for getting involved? Well, fans who download the secretprojectrevolution will instantly receive stills from the film and three HD quality trailers. Alternatively, users who submit their email gain access to the Revolution film in both HD and 2K Digital Cinema resolution, an exclusive HD and 2K Digital Cinema interview with Madonna conducted by Eddy Moretti, VICE’s Chief Creative Officer, as well as a special handwritten message from Madonna.

Wow! That’s a lot of free stuff. I guess it doesn’t matter if the project grabs your attention because you want some Madonna merchandise, as long as you understand her good-hearted intentions.

Images courtesy of Madonna.