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World Tour

In February 2004, YHRI director and her videographer son Taron Lexton set out on a 45,000 mile World Educational Tour. Co-organized by YHRI and the Human Rights Department of the Church of Scientology International, in the space of five weeks, the pair travelled to 13 countries, from Tokyo to Bangkok to Accra to Georgetown to Mexico City. They met with senior government officials, visited local towns and villages, and distributed to parents and children copies of What Are Human Rights? At each stop, children wrote short accounts of what they understood about human rights.

Cape Town Taiwan
Cape Town
Taiwan
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Los Angeles

Filming for UNITED took place over eight months in 14 countries, with the key footage shot in and around a basketball court in downtown Los Angeles. Two thousand volunteers contributed, including 150 artists and professionals who donated their time and talents.

Taron and Leslie on the set Taron  with rapper Charles Gee
Taron and Leslie on the set
Taron with rapper Charles Gee
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About the Filmmakers


Taron Lexton
Taron Lexton
an LA Film School graduate, was 19 years old when he directed UNITED. His production experience includes dozens of projects in different formats and his documentary work has aired on KTLA 5, PARS TV, and others. He has travelled through 37 countries on 5 continents, 14 of them for UNITED. He is an Eagle Scout, a soccer fanatic, and the proud son of Mary Shuttleworth, YHRI Director.
Leslie Brown
Leslie Brown
is an independent film producer from New York. She began her film career in sales and marketing at Holy Cow! Visual Effects. She then moved behind the camera to film a human rights documentary in Europe, produce an educational television show for PARS-TV, and directed two episodes of "Fitness and Health" for Florida's Sunshine Network. She has since moved heavily into film producing, getting several 35mm shorts under her belt, including the graduate film of Taron Lexton. She became inspired to produce something on a larger scale, which is why she became involved in Youth for Human Rights International.



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