Media Coverage Cinema for Peace



Media Coverage Cinema for Peace
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Event Chairs
H o n o r a r y C h a i r s Nobel Prize Laureate President Mikhail Gorbachev, Leonardo DiCaprio, Catherine Deneuve
Sir Christopher Lee, Sir Bob Geldof, Thomas Sabo, Federal Minister Dirk Niebel, Nastassja Kinski, Anna Loos, Jan Josef Liefers,
Katja Riemann, Alexander Lebedev, Michel Comte, Luis Moreno-Ocampo
filmmakers, who are dealing with social issues. That’s important, because especially in my industry, you
Award L aure ates 2010
Cinema for Peace Most Valuable Movie of the Year
know, it’s all about the almighty Dollar, how much is going to earn the box office.”
“The White Ribbon”
Leonardo DiCaprio, Recipient of the International Green Film Award 2009
by Michael Haneke for portraying the origin of terrorism
“The White Ribbon”:
producer Stefan Arndt
with Sir Bob Geldof
“Cinema for Peace is a wonderful organisation. For years, they’re paving the way and financing smaller
Leonardo DiCaprio
Cinema for Peace Most Valuable Documentar y
“The Pi c ture of the Napalm Girl”
by Marc Wiese for showing the history of the photograph that changed the perspective
of the whole world on the Vietnam War
“I am very happy to be present together with you at this phantastic, emotional and inspirational event. I
“The Picture of the Napalm
Girl”: laudator Jan Josef
Liefers, photographer
Nick Út, director Marc Wiese
International Human Rights Film Award
“Tibet in Song”: Soname
Yangchen on behalf of director
Ngawang Choephel, Michel
Comte, Tseten Choekyaka
“Tibe t in Song ”
cooperation. This event and gathering as well as the accomplishments of filmmakers have shown the
walls existing today: the wall of suspicion, of disbelief, the wall between the rich and the poor. People
Joe Berlinger,
Mikhail Gorbachev,
Leonardo DiCaprio
must be realistic and see these walls! If this faith, which made the Fall of the Wall possible, had not existed
Cinema for Peace Most Valuable Work of an Director/Actor/Producer of the Year
in 1989, the Wall would not have fallen, Germany would not have been reunited and the Cold War would
not have been ended. Therefore these walls must be shattered and especially the walls in the minds and
by Danis Tanovic for showing the horrors of war
Cinema for Peace Award for Justice
Sir Christopher Lee,
director Danis Tanovic
Mikhail Gorbachev
world that we posses great strength and potential to overcome this crisis. … Sadly there are still many
presented by Mikhail Gorbachev and Leonardo DiCaprio
by Joe Berlinger for picturing the lawsuit by tens of thousands of
Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Amazon
Berlin. But I see now that one has to come here to meet people who accepted to take over the challenges
of that time when we helped the world to emerge from the Cold War and opened up to an era of universal
by Ngawang Choephel for celebrating the traditional music of Tibet and picturing the cultural repression
inside Chinese controlled Tibet – In cooperation with Amnesty International and the Human Rights Film Network
International Green Film Award
have to admit I made a mistake that should have not been done: I have not decided at once to come to
hearts of people, which I consider most important.”
presented by
Honorary Chair Mikhail Gorbachev, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2009
the prosecutor of the International Criminal Cour t , Luis Moreno - Ocampo
“Children o f War ”
by Bryan Single for capturing the journey of a group of former child soldiers from war to peace
“The Stoning of Soraya M.”
by Cyrus Nowrasteh for telling the story of a woman in Iran in 1986 who was stoned to death
“Children of War”:
Luis Moreno- Ocampo,
director Bryan Single
Dalai Lama remembered him from before 1959 … [The monk] … said yes, he had been in danger – the
“ Women in Shroud ”
“The Stoning of Soraya M.”:
director Cyrus Nowrasteh
danger of becoming angry, the greatest sin for a Tibetan. Being capable of forgiving, being capable of
by Fahrid Haeringejad and Mohammad Reza Kazemi for exploring the violent injustice
in the Iranian legal system, particularly towards women
seeing the humanity in a torturer – it’s a jewel that we cannot allow to be destroyed. And freedom for all
Cinema for Peace Award for Reconciliaton
“Five Minute s of Heaven”
by Oliver Hirschbiegel for portraying the process of reconciliation in Northern Ireland
Cinema for Peace Honorar y Award
“Five Minutes of Heaven”:
laudator Federal Minister
Dirk Niebel, Liam Neeson,
director Oliver Hirschbiegel
“I’ll tell you the story of a monk who escaped from Tibet and had an audience with the Dalai Lama. The
Pre sident Paul Kagame and “A s we For give”
by Laura Waters Hinson for her movie
and the honorable achievements of the President and the people of the Republic of Rwanda
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“Women in Shroud”:
directors Fahrid
Mohammad Reza Kazemi
and every faith of China and Tibet. Think what you can do to help. It can be done. Every time you hear the
word ‘China’, think about Tibet. Think about this jewel – this jewel, this power of love and compassion.
China – Tibet, Tibet, every time you hear it. Thank you very much.”
Richard Gere, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2007
Richard Gere
Quotes 2010
Quotes 2010
“Cinema for Peace is a very different cinematic event. It doesn’t happen in NY, it doesn’t happen in Cannes,
“I have been speaking openly about environmental issues including global warming with a variety of differ-
it doesn’t happen in London, or at any other cinema festival around the world. It happens here in Berlin,
ent organizations for over 13 years now and it wasn’t until that film came out, where Al Gore was truly able
Germany and Berlin should be very proud of this event. (…)This is a powerful little thing here. It’s a power-
to display the science to a worldwide forum in laymen’s terms making us truly understand the dangers that
ful little thing, when George Clooney can be called a traitor for simply being here. It’s a power ful little thing,
when Dustin Hoffman doesn’t want to talk about his film here, but wants to talk about something greater.
face us in the future. That inspired me as a filmmaker, as an artist, to create my film, which was awarded
Sir Bob Geldof
Leonardo DiCaprio
here last year, “The 11th hour”. (…) What I realized was I wanted to give these people, these experts, these
(…) And the ‘green Oscar’ becomes more valuable , more treasured, because it isn’t simply art, its about
heroes of mine that devoted their lives to these issues a forum in which to speak that wasn’t reduced to a
implementing that change, it is about forwarding that change. And it is through movies that you can tell
10 second sound vibe in the media. Giving them an opportunity to express what they learned in their entire
people, that you can create longings. (…)” Sir Bob Geldof in his Welcome Speech, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2010
lifetimes. And that’s the importance of this event here tonight. That is the importance of promoting and
protecting films like these that give people that voice in the world.”
“I am here because I believe that this mission deserves great support. I believe that cinema alone is ca-
Leonardo DiCaprio on presenting the International Green Film Award 2010
pable of presenting the world with all its beauty but also with all its dangers. And I very much appreciate
“For me it is important to assure you filmmakers, that the Lubanga case will reverberate all over the world
the initiative of those people who are now my friends who have initiated this project and who are now
and the message has to be strong and clear: 12 year old boys and girl should go to school, they should be
successful in pursuing it.(…) So today is a challenge to every one of us in our homes, in our countries, and
on the planet Earth to save nature. (…)”
Mikhail Gorbachev
protected. They should NOT be not be soldiers. Children should not be soldiers. Even before the decision
of the judges, in different countries like Columbia, Sri Lanka, Nepal children are being demobilized as a
President Mikhail Gorbachev on presenting the International Green Film Award 2010
consequence of judicial activities. And we need a better news, we need a world free of child soldiers. That’s
“I just felt the it needs to be mentioned, what an extraordinary example the people of Northern Ireland are
what we need. (…) I am responsible for what happens in court, but we need film makers to explain the lives
for the rest of the world, because what they have been achieving in the past years during this peace project,
of these young kids who have been abducted to those people living here in Berlin, or in NY, Tokio und Sao
or let’s say peace process, shows an example for the world. They really show the world how it is possible
Paolo. That is why I am delighted to present the Cinema for Peace Award for Justice to a film about Joseph
Kony, to a film about child soldiers, the Cinema for Peace Award for Justice goes to “Children of war” by
to finally, after decades of violence, terrible things, draw a line behind the past, and move on. This is not
easy, but they do it, it’s a painful process, and they do it in a way, in a peaceful way, not in a way that they
are looking for easy answers. I think this little film points a finger at that and shows the world how peace
is possible.”
Liam Neeson in the aceptance speech for the Cinema for Peace Award for Reconciliation 2010
Liam Neeson
Bryan Single.”
Luis Moreno-Ocampo in his Laudatory Speech for the Cinema for Peace Award for Justice 2010
Quotes 2009
Quotes 2009
„Any man, and he’s amongst us tonight, who can look at a wall from a position of tremendous authority
“I really want to thank Cinema for Peace. This statement, our vision, will only come to life if we live togeth-
and say to his peers: this is not working, it must come down, will, as you see in the context I’ve mentioned,
er. That is the statement. And I hope that the 21st of September, unanimously adopted by every member
run the risk of becoming a martyr overnight. The removal of partitions in our minds and walls in our
state of the United Nations, is the day that brings us together – separate from politics and religion, in the
hearts has come as a tremendous sacrifice, and there have been many who have martyred themselves in
this course. It is a miracle that this man is with us today. He’s a deeply charming and glorious man, the
hope that we can live the level of consciousness that exists around the fundamental issue that humanity
Sir Ben Kingsley
most courageous son of Russia, the bravest of our European citizens: Mikhail Gorbachev!“
will work tirelessly to see a day of global unity, a true day of intercultural cooperation, and the 21st of September is the starting point!
Sir Ben Kingsley, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2009
Jeremy Gilley, Founder Peace One Day, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2009
“It is really my great honour to be here and to talk about my fellow colleagues and people in this film who
“The return to the past was not always easy. It was very emotional, filled with memories, sometimes
are now in prison for more than sixty years. Although I’m here to celebrate at this ceremony, I can never
pleasant, but sometimes very painful. The film has brought many concepts into clearer focus to me …
enjoy even the minimum of freedom. So I hope you will keep alive our hope to bring democracy to my
concepts such as Heimat, identity, faith, pride, family, good, evil, guilt, and forgiveness. Today, some of
my friends are Germans. My, our leitmotiv is: let us not repeat the sins of the fathers on the children.”
country, to Burma. To keep help us our journalism working inside Burma to let the world know what is
happening, and about the oppressions by the regime in Burma.”
Jeremy Gilley
faces, which indeed is the protection of each other. I and many others, including the people in this room,
Burma VJ
Menachem Meyer, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2009
Aung Htun for Burma VJ, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2009
“Our family was deported from that tiny village, because we were Jewish. On our way in from the airport
yesterday, we drove by that overwhelming sight, the Berlin Holocaust Memorial. I know of no other country
“There will be no peace on earth if by 2015 these eight Millennium Development Goals will not be
in this world who has or would have the courage, the audacity, the daring, yes, even the nerve to put this
achieved. So, let’s not forget them, that’s what we made this movie for, this might really help us more
scar on the German psyche in so prominent a site … adjacent to the Brandenburg gate, the Bundestag
than anything else. ”
and Reichstag, Unter den Linden. Germany has come a long way. I feel welcome again.”
Gus Van Sant, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2009
Fred Raymes, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2009
Gus Van Sant
Menachem Meyer
und Fred Raymes
Quotes 2003–2008
Quotes 2003–2008
“When I started acting, my hope was to find the thing inside me that connects me to everyone and as I
“A little small event has turned into something that strikes fear into the oppressor and hope into the op-
continued to grow as an artist, the primary thing I continued to look for is that same thing. I found out
pressed and for those of you taking pictures tonight, for those of you writing about this evening, it is the
that I’m from a tribe in East Africa and I went back there and went to a place called The Cave Of The First
great shame of journalists that you write about the film stars’ dresses and the soccer stars’ indiscretions
Man, which is underneath the roots of a tree. When I reached the tree, I realised I was going back to man-
Forest Whitaker
and the pop stars’ drinking and drug taking – but when a journalist, a fellow journalist is murdered by
kind and it gave me a huge connection to everyone, and to you. And I’m so grateful to be a part of this,
the state, where are you? What I would like tonight, what I would like to ask those of you who are editors,
because this is trying to love and to understand that we’re all connected in the deepest possible way: in
those of you who are journalists, the journalistic trade unions – now when I return to England, I will ask
our hearts and in the life that rests inside of us. This is a great honour and I thank you for this moment.”
the journalists’ trade unions – as Garri Kasparov has just told us about the miraculous and the moving
Forest Whitaker, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2007
vigil outside Anna’s flat. From now on, on Putin’s birthday (note: this was also the day Anna was murdered),
Sir Bob Geldof
let us take as many journalists as possible – they can pay for it themselves – let the trade unions, the jour“I am deeply thankful to Cinema for Peace for giving me the award of human rights and peace, the two
nalist trade unions, gather their members from all over the world and go to Moscow and stand outside
values that my unfortunate people have been deprived of for two decades. Although the authorities in
Anna’s flat. She is not dead, she is a living emblem of hope and journalists must bear vigil to this hope.
my country tried every possible way to prevent me of being with you here today, I am here and accept this
Every year on Putin’s birthday, you journalists!”
Bob Geldof, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2008
award on behalf of oppressed Afghan women who do not have the opportunity to speak for themselves.”
Malalai Joya, Cinema for Peace, Los Angeles 2008
Malalai Joya
“I think it is now time for the artists, for the philosophers, and the poets, and the filmmakers to take some
responsibility and share their anguish and their pain, because if they share their anguish and their pain,
“… I think it is the responsibility of the artists once in a while to switch on the monitor in our comfortable
there is a possibility that we will all feel compassion … Let the artists, poets, and philosophers of today
lives to hear the cry that is happening elsewhere abroad. If we can do that – just somtimes remind people
collaborate to create that critical mass of peace consciousness and change world consciousness so that
that simultaneous with our lives there is a terrible injustice, a terrible suf fering and that is the nex t thing
the very idea of a violent solution to problems becomes abhorrent, becomes obscene, becomes disgust-
to do. Ed Murrow said in that speech in Good Night, and Good Luck that if we don’t do that, television
is just wires and lights in a box – and cinema is just a way of selling popcorn and buying humans a new
Richard Curtis, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2006
ing, becomes shameful, becomes disgraceful!”
Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra, Cinema for Peace, Los Angeles 2003
Richard Curtis
“I believe that I speak for everyone gathered here tonight to honour you and your work when I say: we stand
by you, behind you, for you, to help carry your voice for justice. Not only in Afghanistan, but the world. You
are a shining example of how one person can make a difference in millions of lives and in the future of millions. Bless you, Malalai, may God be with you.”
Hilary Swank, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2008
Hilary Swank
“The International Human Rights Film Award will be granted for the very first time in order to highlight
“I am curious about power, I am curious about the physics of power. I am curious about the paranoia of
and support extremely courageous action in the fight for peoples dignity.” Marianne Faithfull: “Human
power, because the need for power exitsts because it is a replacement for the soul … And a poet that was
Rights have become non-existent in Chechnya. But there have been two extraordinary women who have
a favourite of mine as a kid, Carl Sandburg, said: The path of a frail flower up has somtimes shattered and
split a rock.”
tried to make a difference. Despite the most brutal threats nothing has stopped them!” Antonio Banderas:
“But those threats have become a terrible reality. Just a few months ago, one of them, the Russian journal-
Dustin Hoffman, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2003
Antonio Banderas
Dustin Hoffman
“It is the responsibility of every artist to give something back to society and to use his or her influence
ist Anna Politivskaja was murdered in cold blood.”
in order to help others who have not been as fortunate. This is why I am so honoured to be here today,
Antonio Banderas, Marianne Faithful, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2007
together with such great advocates for human rights …”
Sharon Stone, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2007
“Welcome to the Oscars with brains! … Making movies for box office is great, making movies for box office that allow us to think is important. That’s what Cinema for Peace is and I am so proud to sit next to
Michael Caton-Jones for his movie Shooting Dogs!”
Marianne Faithful
“I want to thank you for this award. It means a lot to me because the last time I was there for the Cinema
Sharon Stone
for Peace a couple of years ago, after walking in and coming home to the United States I was called a trai-
Bob Geldof, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2006
tor to my country, mostly because I happened to have been showing up at the Cinema for Peace, which is
“I’m honoured that Cinema for Peace invited me to serve as chair for the 2008 gala … in my role as UN
sort of striking. It made me a little angry and I wrote this film because of that – so you can honestly say
goodwill ambassador, one of the most important roles I’ve ever taken on … Tonight, I am asking each of
you to add your name and go on record to say no to violence against women.”
that you were an active participant in us making this film! I am very proud to accept it … Thank you very
Sir Bob Geldof
much, I appreciate it!”
George Clooney, Cinema for Peace, Los Angeles 2006
George Clooney
Nicole Kidman, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2008
“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I am honored to be with you in Berlin tonight at the fourth annual
“The Cinema for Peace Award for Justice: Why? Distance in space reviews our moral ability, our moral
Cinema for Peace gala. There is, perhaps, no other European city which symbolizes better the changes of
ability to transform reality. Films are useful. Films showing crimes against humanity in Darfour, in Gaza,
in different places shock us and connect us. But also, films can show how to work together, how we can
time – from being the headquarter of World War II into a divided city for decades to the fall of the wall
Nicole Kidman
act, how we can transform reality, how we can learn how to work with the new global institutions like the
and the unifiquation of east and west. There is, perhaps, no better place for the film community to come
Susan Sarandon
together to condemn the utter foolishness of violence and to make a statement.”
International Criminal Court. Establishing peace and justice is a collective endeavour. And the Cinema for
Susan Sarandon Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2005
Peace Award for Justice is doing its part.”
“It is time to trust our hearts – the human heart that resists killing and embraces compassion and reason.
Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2009
Luis MorenoOcampo
With the heart of an artist and the soul of a warrior we must once again reject the fist of the fool.”
Tim Robbins, Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2005
Tim Robbins
The power of Moving Pictures – the social,
political and cultural responsibility of filmmakers
The Cinema for Peace Initiative:
Proving artists can make a difference
Moving pictures shape our perception of reality. In our visual age, the role of the film artist is crucial in influencing our
Since 2002 Cinema for Peace has been a worldwide initiative, promoting humanity through film while inviting members
views and action. Cinema for Peace highlights the responsibility of the world of film and media. War, terrorism and humani-
of the international film community to attend the Cinema for Peace Awards Gala Night, annually staged within the period
tarian catastrophes are sad realities in many parts of the world, and since our perception of this world is so fundamentally
of the Berlin International Film Festival. Showcasing cinematic work which highlights the human condition and human
shaped by the media and by pictures, it is clear that film has a particularly important role to play. No other medium has
values, we have created a platform for peace and tolerance. During the evening’s proceedings at the Konzerthaus, while
such a direct impact on the consciousness and emotions of the people and consequently, filmmakers have particular re-
excerpts from exemplary works are screened, directors and producers are celebrated with the Cinema for Peace Award for
sponsibility in our global society.
commendable works. Cinema for Peace brings together international star guests and global personalities from the world
of film, media, politics, business and society, while celebrating the power of the moving image and its ability to unite cultures. This prestigious event is a symbol of peace, freedom and tolerance, a symbol with a lasting effect on the world of
film and media, initiating important projects and the free exchange of ideas.
The Pianist
Good Night,
and Good Luck
Dead Man Walking
Hotel Rwanda
Welcome to Sarajewo
Schindler‘s List
No Man‘s Land
The Girl in the Café
Children of War
Cinema for Peace 2003: Dustin Hoffman’s speech received positive responses from the world media
and moved the 600 gala guests, including George Clooney.
Leonardo DiCaprio at Cinema for Peace 2010
Cinema for Peace Cooperation with ICC
„Film in the Name of Justice“
The International Green Film Award
Presented by Mikhail Gorbachev & Leonardo DiCaprio
For years, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocamo has been a very dedicated member of the CINEMA FOR
The ‘International Green Film Award’ pays tribute to an extraordinarily inspiring achievement of a
PEACE International Committee. He profoundly acknowledges the potential of film as a medium. Therefore
film artist in the domains of environment and climate protection. This particular achievement may
Luis Moreno-Ocampo strongly advocates for the presentation of films illustrating current challenges of our
go far beyond the world of film, thus motivating the public to develop their own commitments to
global society to a worldwide audience.
protect natural resources based on the general understanding of the interconnectedness of all life
on earth. Patron and spiritual father of this award is President Mikhail Gorbachev.
The Hague Screenings: For the first time ever filmmakers present movies at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The
Hague on April 22 and 23. The Cinema for Peace Foundation will screen in cooperation with Amnesty International’s “Movies
In 2009 the first ‘International Green Film Award’ was presented to Leonardo DiCaprio by Nobel Peace Prize winner President
that Matter” the documentary about Ugandan child soldiers “Children of War” by Bryan Single and the feature movie “Five
Mikhail Gorbachev for his long lasting dedication to green issues, as well as for his groundbraking film “The 11th Hour”. In
Minutes of Heaven” about reconciliation in Northern Ireland by Oliver Hirschbiegel.
his speech Leonardo DiCaprio called for more environmental dedication:
Kampala Screenings: With the ICC having been founded in 1998, states parties to this Court meet in Kampala, Uganda for the
„Peace is not only the absence of war, but also the absence of poverty,
first Review Conference of the ICC at the end of May 2010. The purpose of the Conference is to evaluate the ICC, and make
the importance of an educated society, and a clean and sustainable environment.”
it even more effective in prosecuting the world‘s most horrendous criminals. Those who attend will discuss the Court‘s past
and future, and will propose changes to the Court‘s founding treaty, the Rome Statute. Cinema for Peace was asked by the ICC
In 2010 the ‘International Green Film Award’ was presented by
to also screen on this rare occasion movies depicting the fate of victims, one selected to show the delegates, and a series of
Mikhail Gorbachev and Leonado DiCaprio to “Crude”, directed
films chosen to be screened to the public.
by Director Joe Berlinger. This harrowing documentary pictures the story of a lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans
A Special Evening on Justice: Furthermore, on the occasion of the opening of the Conference, the Victims Trust Fund at the
against Chevron over the contamination of the Ecuadorean
ICC and the Cinema for Peace Foundation jointly stage “A Special Evening on Justice” on 30 May at the Munyonyo resort, the
official conference site in Kampala. This events aims to effectively lend the voice of film artists to the victims of crimes against
humanity, wherever they may occur, and to raise funds for the work of the Victims Trust Fund, which works to create circumstances under which victims may efficiently claim reparations from their perpetrators and to enable victims to get involved in
the overall criminal justice process.
The 11th Hour
Cinema for Peace –
9 years of dedication and action
Cinema for Peace –
Previous Highlights
After nine years since the launch of Cinema for Peace, our focus is as topical as ever. Over the years, the Cinema for Peace ini-
Cinema for Peace distributes valuable movies (for example, the Oscar-winning anti-war satire No Man’s Land), as well as produ-
tiative has received outstanding praise from the global public. In 2006 George Clooney announced that his Oscar-nominated
cing valuable movies itself with inspiring messages. In 2007, together with Richard Curtis and SAT1, Cinema for Peace produced
film “Good Night, and Good Luck” was prompted by the reaction to his visit to Cinema for Peace: “… you can honestly say that
the G8-feature movie Suddenly Gina, which was seen by nearly 5 million TV viewers and was sold worldwide with all revenues
you were an active participant in us making this film!” Many exceptional films have received our highest accolade, the Cinema for
going to Schools for Africa, an initiative by UNICEF and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. In 2008, our documentary A Letter
Peace Award, including Danis Tanovic for his Oscar-winning film “No Man’s Land” in 2003, which Cinema for Peace distributed
to Anna about the murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaja directed and produced by Eric Bergkraut, had its premiere
in the Germany speaking territories. In 2003 Dustin Hoffman’s speech caused worldwide media interest – proving the ability
on February 2008, after being initiated on stage at Cinema for Peace 2007!
of artists to influence public opinion on a global level. Main areas of activities include:
• Fighting Poverty: In 2006 Richard Curtis received the Cinema for Peace Award for Best Director
Right before the 9th Cinema for Peace Gala in February 2010 upon the initiative of committee member Richard Curtis Cinema
for “The Girl in the Café”. Cinema for Peace produced a German remake of this film in 2007, tele-
for Peace produced the German adaption of the “Robin Hood Tax” spot, called “Steuer gegen Armut”, directed by Maria von
vised at prime-time. 5 million viewers saw it two weeks prior to the G8 summit in Germany, when it
Heland, with Jan Josef Liefers and Heike Makatsch acting as the main characters. This spot aims to raise awareness for the
provided a clear message to fight extreme poverty. In 2007 Cinema for Peace also supported several
potential tool of a small tax on bank businesses in order to successfully fight extreme poverty on earth. Cinema for Peace is also
G8-campaigns including an Africa-Campaign with Europe’s biggest selling newspaper BILD and Bob
involved in promoting this spot by distributing it as part of an extensive publicity campaign on this issue, originally executed
Geldof, who was Editor in Chief for one day at the end of the campaign.
• Furthering Knowlegde: The film “Letter to Anna”, initiated at the Cinema for Peace Gala in 2007,
by Oxfam, and presenting it to various audiences at different screening occasions.
Title page of “BILD”
premiered at the Berliner Ensemble before Cinema for Peace 2008. It received the Audience Award at
the ONE World Film Festival 2008 in Prague by Vaclav Havel. In 2009 President Mikhail Gorbachev
inaugurated the Cinema for Peace School Film Catalogue on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of
the Fall of the Berlin Wall to promote cinematographic education in schools worldwide.
• Promoting Climate Protection: The ‘International Green Film Award’, initially presented to Leonardo DiCaprio in 2009, is now established as one of the most important accolades at Cinema for Peace.
• Helping to Achieve International Justice: Since 2009 the Prosecutor of the International Criminal
Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, presents the Cinema for Peace Award for Justice at Cinema for Peace
Anna Politkovskaja
each year.
Letter to Anna
Suddenly Gina
No Man´s Land
Scene from the
“Steuer gegen Armut” spot
2008: A Letter to Anna by Eric Bergkraut
On 7th October 2006, Vladimir Putin’s 54th birthday, the journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead in the elevator of
where people separate into villains or victims and encounter each other as enemies or objects. And amidst the destruction
her Moscow apartment. Anna’s death is a personal drama; she had just found out that she was going to be a grandmother.
it implies the hope that people may wake up and begin to see each other as persons with a history again. Winning the
Her death, however, is also a political act, since Politkovskaya was an outspoken critic of the president.
Cinema for Peace Talent Award 2007 they were given the opportunity to realize their idea and make a short film which can be
understood without dialogue.
Letter to Anna is also, however, a political film that shows how the Russian government turns back the wheel of history. The
film sheds dramatic light on the state of freedom of the press and opinion in Putin’s Russia. With: Vera
2007: Suddenly Gina
Politkovskaya(daughter), Ilya Politkovski (son), Alexander Politkovski (ex-husband), Sainap Gaschaieva (friend), Andrei
Suddenly Gina, a remake of the hugely successful BBC movie The Girl in the Café by Richard Curtis, is the story of the shy
Mironov (friend/peoples’ rights activist), Elena Tregubova (exiled journalist), Boris Beresovski (oligarch and exilied oppo-
workaholic bureaucrat Laurens and his life-changing relationship with the unconventional girl Gina. As advisor to the
ser of the regime), Garry Kaparov (former chess champion and leader of the opposition), Yuri Tschaika (Russian General
German Finance Minister, Laurens spends his entire day brooding over documents. Then one day he meets an enigmatic
State Prosecutor, former justice secretary).
woman named Gina, who intrigues Laurens with her sheer vitality. Suddenly aware of everything that has been missing from
his life, Laurens now faces a difficult choice – could he possibly give up his career for love? The film features Julia Jentsch ,
2007: I don’t feel like Dancing by Evi Goldbrunner
and Joachim Dollhopf
How to show the mechanism of war in a few minutes?
This was the question the film students Goldbrunner
and Dollhopf asked themselves when confronted with
the Cinema for Peace shortfilm competition Movies that
matter. Their story tells just a minor incident among the
cruelties of war which you wouldn’t even find in the
newspapers. But it makes the point of how people’s
characters change within an inhumane environment
Jan Josef Liefers, Iris Berben, Catherine Deneuve, Andrea Sawatzki and Jürgen Heinrich.
Cinema for Peace –
Featured Projects
Cinema for Peace Award Laureates
The reopening of this urgently needed place for intercultural dialogue in the West Bank will take place prospectively in April
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Documentary to The Picture Of The Napalm Girl for showing
the history of the photograph that changed the perspective of the whole world on the Vietnam War
2011. With the outbreak of the first Intifada, the old Jenin cinema was closed in 1987. Now, Ismael Khatib and a group of
enthusiastics are bringing this venue back to life. When the film Heart of Jenin was awarded with the Cinema for Peace Award
Cyrus Nowrasteh
Joe Berlinger
Cinema for Peace Award for Justice, presented by Luis Moreno-Ocampo to
The Stoning of Soraya M. for telling the story of a woman in Iran in 1986 who was stoned to death
for the Most Valuable Documentary 2009, jury members and prize winners such as Mikhail Gorbachev and
Children of War for capturing the journey of a group of former child soldiers from war to peace
Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) were told about the idea of “Cinema Jenin” and have offered their support, just
as Cinema for Peace.
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Movie of the Year to The White Ribbon
for portraying the origin of terrorism
Women In Shroud for exploring the violent injustice in the Iranian legal system, particularly towards
Nick Ut
Oliver Hirschbiegel
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Work of a Director / Actor / Producer of the Year to Triage
for showing the horrors the war
International Human Rights Film Award in cooperation with Amnesty International and the Human Rights
Film Network to Tibet In A Song for celebrating the traditional music of Tibet and picturing the cultural
repression inside Chinese controlled Tibet
Zarganar, the leading Burmese comedian, film actor and director, was put into prison for his remarks on the military
regime. In September 2006, Zarganar was banned from performing publicly or participating in any kind of entertainment
Stefan Arndt
related work. He was arrested in June 2008 for speaking to foreign media about the situation of millions of people left
Cinema for Peace Award for Reconciliation to Five Minutes of Heaven”
homeless after a cyclone devastated the Irrawaddy delta. In November 2008 he was sentenced to 59 years in prison,
International Green Film Award to Crude for picturing the lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans
against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon.
convicted of “public order offenses”. In February 2009, following the appeals by his family, the court reduced the sentence
Roger Waters
to 35 years… Acclaimed director Rex Bloomstein (KZ) decided to bring public attention to this
Cinema for Peace Honorary Award to Paul Kagame and As We Forgive
case by producing a documentary about “Zarganar”, with whom he had worked in Burma for
another film. When Channel 4 had to withdraw the financing for this project due to the economic crisis, Cinema for Peace contacted leading comedians in America and Europe to raise
Leonardo DiCaprio
Sir Christopher Lee
Mohammad Reza
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Movie of the Year to Milk for portraying a great fighter for gender
equality and offering inspiration for future generations
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Documentary to The Heart of Jenin
for promoting reconciliation in Israel and Palestine
Bryan Single
Cinema for Peace Award for Justice, presented by Luis Moreno-Ocampo, to
Pray the Devil back to Hell for promoting resistance through dedication and faith
awareness for Zarganar’s plight and the duty to take immediate action. Cinema for Peace
initiated that Michael Mittermeier, leading comedian in Germany and dedicated activist for
humanitarian causes, has agreed to step in as producer and save the project. The premiere of
Wim Wenders,
Gus van Sant
“Zarganar” is scheduled for summer 2010.
International Human Rights Film Award in cooperation with Amnesty International and Human Rights
Film Network to Burma VJ – Reporting from a closed Country
for depicting the ongoing fight for freedom in Burma
Bryan Single
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Inspirational Movie of the Year to The Day after Peace for showing how
one individual’s ideas can change the world
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Inspirational Movie of the Year to Menachem and Fred for promoting the
need for reconciliation and the strength of human bonds
Joseph Fiennes
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Work of Director, Producer & Screenwriter
to Diablo Cody, Jason Reitman, John Malkovich, Mason Novick, Russell Smith & Lianne Halfon
for Juno
Ralf Schmerberg
International Human Rights Film Award by Amnesty International, Cinema for Peace
and Human Rights Film Network to Malalai Joya for Enemies of Happiness
Menachem Mayer,
Fred Raymes
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Movie of the Year to Vincent Paronnaud
and Marjane Satrapi for Persepolis
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Movie of the Year to Clint Eastwood
for Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima
Clint Eastwood
Cinema for Peace Award for Best Actor to Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland
Cinema for Peace Pioneer Award presented by BMW CleanEnergy to Bob Geldof
Jeremy Gilley
International Human Rights Film Award by Amnesty International and Cinema for Peace
to Zainap Gaschaeva and Coca – The Dove from Chechnya
Michael Winterbottom
Cinema for Peace Honorary Award to Sir Ben Kingsley for the portrayal of the humanitarian role models Simon
Wiesenthal, Itzhak Stern and Gandhi
Cinema for Peace Award Most Valuable Documentary of the Year to Ralf Schmerberg
and Dropping Knowledge for Trouble
Sir Ben Kingsley
Cinema for Peace Award Most Valuable Short Film of the Year to Joseph Fiennes
for The Spirit
Vaiba Flomo
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Inspirational Movie of the Year to Valkyrie
for setting an example of resistance against dictatorship, totalitarianism and fascism
International Green Film Award, presented by BMW to Leonardo DiCaprio
for his ongoing and outstanding dedication to environmental issues
Bob Geldof
Cinema for Peace Honorary Award to Michael Winterbottom
Ismael Khatib
Lars von Trier
Cinema for Peace Award for Contribution to the UN-Millenium Development Goals to 8
for illustrating the most urgent problems in contemporary society
Diabola Cody, Jason
Zainap Gaschaeva
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Movie of the Year to George Clooney
and Grant Heslov for Good Night, and Good Luck
Cinema for Peace Award for Best Director, Producer or Screenwriter to David Yates
and Richard Curtis for The Girl in the Café
Richard Curtis
Cinema for Peace Pioneer Award presented by BMW CleanEnergy to Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield,
Alix Tidmarsh and Sophokles Taslioulis for Earth
Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya
Cinema for Peace Award for Best Director to Bille August for Goodbye Bafana
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Movie of the Year to director Terry George
and producer Alex Kitman Ho for Hotel Rwanda
Forest Whittaker
Cinema for Peace Honorary Award to Lars von Trier
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Movie of the Year to director John Boorman
and producer Robert Chartoff for Country of my Skull
Gus van Sant
Danis Tanovic
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Movie of the Year to Danis Tanovic
for No Man’s Land
Cinema for Peace Honorary Award to Istvàn Szabo
for his portrait of the jewish struggle for survival after World War II
Cinema for Peace Honorary Award to Roger Waters for his commitment to the promotion
of freedom, illustrated most famously by the influential album and film The Wall
István Szabo
Bille August
George Clooney
Excerpt from the Cinema for Peace guest list:
Robert Altman
Michel Comte
Richard Gere
Friede Springer
Sebastian Copeland
Jeremy Gilley
First Lady
Eva Luise Köhler
Maren Otto
Stefan Arndt
Roman Polanski
Sharon Stone
Nadja Auermann
Richard Curtis
Mikhail Gorbachev
Charlotte Knobloch
Simon de Pury
Istvan Szabo
Bille August
Thomas D.
Günter Grass
Thomas Kretschmann
Milo Radulovich
Donald Sutherland
Antonio Banderas
Mark Damon
Andreas Gursky
Diane Kruger
First Lady
Hilary Swank
Mario Barth
Catherine Deneuve
Rosilyn Heller
Lang Lang
Christina Rau
Jasmin Tabatabai
Waris Dirie
Oliver Hirschbiegel
Florian Langenscheidt
Daniel Richter
Danis Tanovic
Boris Becker
Doris Dörrie
Dustin Hoffman
Christopher Lee
Katja Riemann
Franziska v. Almsick
Iris Berben
Faye Dunaway
John Hurt
Dani Levy
Tim Robbins
Gus van Sant
Senta Berger
Bernd Eichinger
Maybritt Illner
Jan Josef Liefers
Bill Roedy
Tokio Hotel
Alfred Biolek
Marianne Faithfull
Bianca Jagger
Bai Ling
Oskar Roehler
Nick Ùt
Moritz Bleibtreu
Giora Feidman
Grace Jones
Anna Loos
David de Rothschild
Jack Valenti
Detlef Buck
Veronica Ferres
Wolfgang Joop
Heike Makatsch
Otto Waalkes
John Boorman
Joschka Fischer
Milla Jovovich
Liza Minelli
Environment Minister
Dr. Norbert Röttgen
Montserrat Caballé
Richard Gere
Patricia Kaas
Michael Mittermeier
Susan Sarandon
Leonardo DiCaprio
Hannelore Elsner
Begum Aga Kahn
Liz Mohn
Andrea Sawatzki
Dalai Lama Representative in Europe
Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa
Andrew Eaton
Garri Kasparov
Roger Moore
Joseph Fiennes
Nicole Kidman
Luis Moreno-Ocampo
Minister of the Interior
Otto Schilly
Liam Neeson
Health Minister
Deepak Chopra
Environment Minister
Sigmar Gabriel
Sir Ben Kingsley
Nastassja Kinski
Minister of Culture
Ulla Schmidt, MdB
Minister of Economic and
Co-operation and Development
Sabine Christiansen
Ela Gandhi
Sonja Kirchberger
Bernd Neumann
Volker Schlöndorff
Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul
George Clooney
Katja von Garnier
Vitali Klitschko
Federal Development
The Scorpions
Michael Winterbottom
Paulo Coelho
Bob Geldof
Wladimir Klitschko
Minister Dirk Niebel
Regine Sixt
Sönke Wortmann
Arthur Cohn
Hans-Dietrich Genscher
Dieter Kosslick
Marc Owen
Klaus Wowereit
Marie Bäumer
Robert Chartoff
Roger Waters
Harvey Weinstein
Wim Wenders
Vievienne Westwood
Forest Whitaker
The Konzerthaus Berlin offers the perfect setting
for the annual Award-Gala of Cinema for Peace
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“Peace is compassion. Peace is understanding and acceptance.
Peace is the absence of hunger, thirst and illness …
Let us stand up for our dream and try to prove
that artists can make a difference.”
Susan Sarandon, Honory Event Chair Cinema for Peace, Berlin 2005
Contact: Cinema for Peace Foundation, Friedrichstraße 125, D-10117 Berlin – Tel. + 49 30 767 75 25 11, [email protected]

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