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Cinema for Peace 2015

Nelson Mandela Award for Selma, Unbroken and Timbuktu / Natalie Portman honors Virunga/ Freedom of Expression with Charlie Hebdo, The Interview, Pussy Riot and Ai Weiwei
Cinema for Peace 2015

Cinema for Peace 2015


Berlin - Following the Charlie Hebdo tragedy Cinema for Peace Berlin 2015 set a signal for the protection of freedom of expression, the freedom of the arts and the freedom of satire, while  outstanding films were honored with the Cinema for Peace Award and the Nelson Mandela Award, which was presented by Sir Chistopher Lee (93):

The Most Valuable Film of the Year: 1) “Selma” 2) “Unbroken” 3) “Timbuktu”
The Most Valuable Doucmentary: “E-Team” and “Drone”
Justic Award: “Three Windows and a Hanging” and “Miners Shot Down”
The International Green Film Award: “Virunga”

Special Award: Til Schweiger for the success of his film on Alzheimer

Honorary Award: Ai Weiwei for his outstanding work as a filmmaker

and Ennio Morricone for his lifetime achievement.


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The team of Charlie Hebdo created a caricature for Cinema for Peace. Bianca Jagger quoted: "I may not agree with all your views, but I would die for your right to express them."

The Cinema for Peace Award for Justice was presented by the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Fatou Bensouda, and the Minister of Justice Heiko Maas. Bensouda said: “Ours is the age of rights consciousness where humanity no longer accepts that victims of gross human rights violations and mass crimes suffer in silence or that their perpetrators escape justice."

At the gala the Jewish clarinettist Giora Feidman ("Schindlers List") and Pussy Riot performed, who also honored Ai Weiwei.  Ai Weiwei was presented the Cinema for Peace Honory Award for a body of work of 26 films, paying tribute to the most influential artist in the world as a critical filmmaker for human rights and justice. In his acceptance remarks by video he said: “Now I still cannot travel. My passport is not in my possession. But I think if all of us keep working to exercise our right of expression what is very essential for human rights this will not only help me but help everybody”.

Pussy Riots Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina said: "We had to endure two years in prison, because our country did not understand satire."

About Cinema for Peace

Cinema for Peace originated its global peace initiative shortly after the September 11 attacks. Leading representatives from film, politics, economy and philanthropy give their support and turn their talents to tackling issues such as crimes against humanity and social injustice.

Cinema for Peace has supported a number of important causes with the help of artists such as Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Charlize Theron, Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Sean Penn, Richard Gere, Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt and personalities such as the current Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Muhammad Ali, Bischof Tutu, Bob Geldof, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the late Nelson Mandela.

Through its various platforms, Cinema for Peace was able to secure over 10 billion media contacts and raise donations exceeding 10 million euros.

The most important event of the year is the Cinema for Peace Gala in Berlin that provides a showcase for some of the most valuable movies in the world.

The annual Award Gala in Berlin honors the humanitarian engagement of members of the film industry and gives cinematographic works the opportunity to be acknowledged by a wider audience.

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About the Cinema for Peace Foundation

The Cinema for Peace Foundation was established in 2008 in Berlin tying in with the initial work of the Cinema for Peace Initiative. The objective of the Foundation is to advocate peace and disclose injustice with the help of the medium film.

The Cinema for Peace Foundation uses and fosters movies that address humanitarian questions, may prevent diseases, deal with terrorism, environmental pollution, war, poverty and violations of human rights.

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Fotos: (c) Bastian Peschke and Monika Talkowski

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Ai Weiwei's 'Safe Passage' installation with life-vests from Lesbos for Cinema for Peace.


Upcoming Screenings:


August 13th 2018, at the Schikaneder Kino in Vienna / Address: Margaretenstraße 24, A - 1040 Wien