Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2008/08/27/Ben_Affleck_Engaging_Africans_on_the_Ground Actor Ben Affleck discusses grassroots efforts to encourage positive economic development in Africa. This program is taken from a panel discussion entitled "Combating Global Poverty," recorded at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, in Denver, CO, on August 27, 2008. Complete FORA.tv Coverage of the 2008 DNC: http://fora.tv/topic/democratic_convention ----- "Combating Global Poverty" ? A program organized with the 2008 Rocky Mountain Roundtable, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver in collaboration with the ONE Campaign Vote '08. Panelists include Madeleine Albright, Ben Affleck, Nancy Birdsall, John J. Danilovich, Tom Daschile, Hernando de Sota, Obiageli Ezekwesili, Donald M. Payne, Gayle Smith, Timothy E. Wirth, James D. Wolfensohn - National Democratic Institute Ben Affleck is an actor, writer, and director who recently received the 2007 Best Directorial Debut award from the National Board of Review for his directorial debut with GONE BABY GONE.He first came to prominence in 1997 with the acclaimed Good Will Hunting, which he starred in and co-wrote with Matt Damon. For their work, they won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, as well as the Golden Globe Award and Humanitas Prize. He has since starred in films including John Madden's Academy Award winning Shakespeare In Love, Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor, Roger Michell's Changing Lanes? and Kevin Smith's Jersey Girl. He won Best Actor in 2006 and a 2007 Golden Globe nomination. He next stars in the upcoming Universal Studios motion picture, State of Play with Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren and Rachel McAdams, scheduled to be released in 2009. In addition to being a successful actor, writer and director, Affleck is a longtime political activist and strong supporter of many charitable organizations. Affleck is a passionate advocate who travels around the world independently to gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of issues facing Africa today. In the last year alone he has made three separate trips to numerous countries on the African continent with a focus on the Great Lakes region.
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