“A mirror for the conscience of the world”  — U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell

Storywise principal filmmaker Dan Evans led this production for the International Crisis Group. Ringing Alarm Bells captures the stories of some of the world’s most influential leaders, including Madeleine Albright, Gen. Colin Powell, Samantha Power, Louise Arbour, Richard Armitage, Ernesto Zedillo and Joschka Fischer. The film showcases Crisis Group’s mission to prevent and resolve deadly conflicts.

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In Lebanon, Louise Arbour describes how Crisis Group’s access to the voices that matter has enabled it to issue timely policy prescriptions. In Darfur, as that crisis started to unfold, Colin Powell and Samantha Power recall how Crisis Group was ringing alarm bells. In Pakistan, Richard Armitage relates how he used Crisis Group as a counterpoint to get out of his usual thought patterns—and how Crisis Group’s reporting helped make him a better public servant. In Iraq, Joschka Fischer describes how Crisis Group was able to map out who the insurgents were. And in Kosovo, Madeleine Albright recalls how Crisis Group presented important compromises and kept people focused on coming up with a long-term political solution.

Directed by Dan Evans. Produced by Kimberly Abbott and Dan Evans. Photographed and edited by Dan Evans.

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