From Actress to Activist: Connie Nielsen Brings “Justice” to the Real World
Justice League star Connie Nielsen believes we need to reframe the way we view the world’s poor. While working on a film in Africa in the 90’s, Connie lived in a community of people with no access to infrastructure, opportunity or education. This experience gave her first-hand knowledge of the cliche narratives surrounding the poor and inadvertently lead to a series of events that caused her to co-found The Human Needs Project.
When you are very poor, there is no network, there is no access point.
While well-intentioned fundraising and media campaigns use pity to spur people into action, she has dedicated her life to changing the perception and status of the poor. “[Why do we] think that other people are able to do something without access to the same tools that you and I use?”
In our exclusive interview with Connie she discusses the motivations, obstacles and rewards of the Human Needs Project.