The documentary Citizen Penn, chronicling actor and activist Sean Penn’s work in Haiti and beyond, will premiere on the SVOD service Discovery+ May 6.
The documentary records the moment Penn and his team of volunteers landed in Haiti, just days after the earthquake struck, and the 10 years since. The film offers viewers an intimate, honest and self-reflective look into the triumphs and challenges of those who decided to do something. For Penn, Haiti changed his life. He went there for what he thought was a two-week aid mission to drop off supplies, help doctors provide immediate medical care, and then get out and get back to his normal life. Instead, he stayed and created an organization called J/P HRO (now CORE) that took over management duties for the largest camp for displaced people in the entire country.
Over the past few years, CORE has expanded its efforts across the United States, most recently organizing free COVID-19 testing sites across the country and running the nation’s largest vaccination site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Citizen Penn highlights the team and their current projects in the United States.
The film is written and directed by Don Hardy with an original score by Linda Perry and features the original song “Eden (To Find Love)” performed by Bono and co-written by Bono and Perry.