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Angelina Jolie and economist making Africa documentary for MTV

UPI News Service, 08/16/2005 

MTV is sending actress/activist Angelina Jolie and economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs to Kenya for a documentary on easing poverty and death in Africa.

"The Diary of Angelina Jolie and Dr. Jeffery Sachs in Africa" will air Sept. 14 to coincide with the opening of the U.N. Special Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, MTV announced in a news release. The goals adopted by nearly 200 world leaders five years ago were aimed at reducing extreme poverty, disease and hunger by 2015.

The documentary will focus on western Kenya, where the U.N. Millennium Project headed by Sachs is working to teach residents to end the cycle of poverty, hunger and disease.

"We are at a unique threshold in human history, where the crisis we face in Africa is matched only by our degree of hope that we can and will be a force for positive change," Jolie said in the release. "I'm certain the stories in this special will inspire viewers the same way these experiences have inspired me, and I'm hopeful that increased awareness of the issues in Africa will bring about a new wave of progress and activism among young people everywhere."

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