Cinema for Peace Berlin Gala 2016

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Cinema For Peace Gala 2016
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Academy Award Winner Charlize Theron to hand over Nelson Mandela Award / Jury-

President Ai Weiwei with installation at the Konzerthaus / Patron Mikhail Gorbachev /

Laudations by the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou

Bensouda, Kweku Mandela, Pussy Riot and the first female Muslim Nobel Peace Prize

Laureate from Iran / Social film awards by the Cinema for Peace Foundation / First

Cinema for Peace Ball with a Syrian refugee band, Jan Josef Liefers and Katja

Riemann

 

This year’s Cinema for Peace Gala Berlin will focus on the current situation of refugees and

on migration. The prestigious film gala, taking place on February 15th at the Konzerthaus in

Berlin, Germany, will present a selection of films that address refugees, their lives and fates.

The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will be the Honorary President of this year’s gala jury. He is

strongly involved into bringing public attention to the refugee situation by being present on

the Greek Island Lesbos these days. In the last couple of days, he created a fascinating

installation with life vests and a rescue boat from the Greek island of Lesbos at the

Konzerthaus.

Last year, Ai Weiwei had been honored by Cinema for Peace. He had to send a video

message from China, because state authorities did not give him a passport that would have

allowed him to travel: “Freedom of expression and speech is censored despite being a

human right. Only by being able to communicate and discuss freely we can create a better

society. The medium film is a strong tool to emphasize the meaning of freedom of expression

and to practice it every day.”

The former President of Russia and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev is the

patron of the gala. His last visit to Berlin, by invitation of the Cinema for Peace Foundation,

took place during the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall in November 2014. For today’s

event, he sent this message from Moscow: “More than 25 years ago, calling for reunification

of their country, Germans took to the streets and chanted: We are one nation. We are one

nation. Today, I would suggest a new slogan, which I believe is of vital importance: We are

one humankind. We are one planet. We must live in peace. And this goal, too, can be

achieved.” Also the Russian activists and musicians Pussy Riot will participate in the event.

The jury unites 130 members of the film industry, e.g. international award winners, festival

directors, journalists as well as members of the Golden Globes and the Academy of Motion

Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars). The “Nelson Mandela Award for the most valuable

movie of the year” will be presented by Academy Award Winner Charlize Theron and

Kweku Mandela.

AWARD WINNERS

*Mandela Award / Most Valuable Movie

“Beasts of No Nation”, Producers Tony Tagoe and Daniel Damah from Ghana

and the former child soldier Emmanuel Jal Ehem.

*International Green Film Award

“Racing Extinction”, Producer Fisher Stevens

*Special Award

„Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer“, Burghart Klaußner

*Refugee Award

A Syrian Love Story, Director Sean McAllister (+ protagonists Raghda and Amer)

*Justice Award

“Watchers in the Sky”, Producer Kerry Propper

*Documentary Award

“Cartelland”, David Romero and Domingo Bartolo – Cheran Indians who started the freedom

fight of the indigenous people in “Cartelland”

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