4REAL is a fresh-faced documentary series with an urban feel that transports you across the globe, connecting with young leaders making a difference in their disadvantaged communities. Series host Sol Guy is joined by some of his celebrity friends--including Eva Mendes, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, K'naan and Joaquin Phoenix--as they learn about an area's culture and history, and volunteer much-needed services with locally-run humanitarian groups, ranging from the Portland Hotel Society in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to Carolina for Kibera in the Somali-populated slums of Nairobi.
From the City of God favela in bustling Rio de Janeiro to the remote Yawanawa tribe in the Amazon rainforest, the communities we see in 4REAL are challenged by poverty, hunger, disease, addiction, homelessness, and the effects of war. However, the strength and resilience of these people become apparent in the work done by their determined youth. These young visionaries have helped their communities achieve economic independence, have set up medical services and education, inspired and guided their children, and above all, have given their people pride and hope.
4REAL does a great job of familiarizing viewers with each community and the issues at hand through the eyes of the celebrity newcomers, and the stars are paired well with the communities they visit. Sunny SoCal native Cameron Diaz meets with medicine man Puma Singona and his Quechuan youth group Cusi Huayna ("Happy Youth") in the picturesque Andes, while rapper M.I.A.--who spent her early years in the midst of the Sri Lankan Civil War--works with child rights leader Kimmie Weeks to help Liberian schoolchildren, who are themselves war survivors.
Each episode is lighthearted and full of fun, keeping in the spirit of its youthful vibe and hip-hop soundtrack. But occasionally an interview with a local child or volunteer suddenly turns somber, reminding us of how difficult the circumstances truly are, and how much more work there is left to be done.
4REAL is now airing on Link TV, and the episodes are also available to watch online. Check out the 4REAL homepage for tips on how you can help and to learn more about the series. And right now, we're offering a 4REAL gift pack for a donation to Link TV--support the only channel bringing you unique international series like this one!