The Kennedy Center Presents:
A PBS Home Video

Speak Truth to Power is a powerful mix of poetry, music and documentary footage dedicated to human rights advocates from more than 40 countries. Taping the show before a distinguished audience at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the all-star case creates a unique special that includes on-location footage from India and Guatemala, and interviews with leading activists including Oscar Arias, Sister Helen Prejean and Harry Wu.  Musical offerings include appearances by singer-songwriter Jackson Browne and South African jazz master Hugh Masekela.  The program, part of an initiative to draw attention to the ongoing battle for human rights, features the premiere of a new work, “Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark,” by poet, playwright and activist Ariel Dorfman.

Executive Producers:
Kerry Kennedy Cuomo

Nan Richardson

Directed by:
Marc Levin

Produced by:
Alex Gibney

Joy Barker Mallek

Daphne Pinderson

Dalton Delan

Lawrence J. Wilker
David S. Thompson

Directed by:    
Gregory Mosher

Photographs by:         
Eddie Adams


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Running Time:  approx. 60 min.

A production of Speak Truth to Power, Inc./WETA Washington, DC/The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in association with Offline Entertainment Group.


Speak Truth to Power, developed as a part of the Speak Truth to Power website, offers a fully integrated site featuring photographs and interviews with over 50 human rights defenders from around the world. The website also includes live chat interviews with the human rights defenders from time to time, opportunities for individuals around the world to contribute their own stories, interviews with Kerry Kennedy Cuomo and Eddie Adams, video and text excerpts from the theatrical presentation performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, links to human rights organizations throughout the world, and additional information on the issues. The website provides an unforgettable, face-to-face introduction to issues of human rights in over forty countries, and the individuals who dare to defend them. Ideally, this site will become an avenue for individuals from around the world to find out more about the important issues discussed, and what can be done about them. Visit and give us your input, get involved!