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Golden Globes & Help Haiti Home


12 Years a Slave wins the Golden Globe for the Best Drama.

LOS ANGELES
–The winner of the Golden Globe for the Best Drama was 12 YEARS A SLAVE, a film Cinema for Peace has previously highlighted as one of the most important films of 2013. It is also nominated at Cinema for Peace Berlin due to take place on February 10.

12 YEARS A SLAVE recounts how in the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery in the 1800s. Although set in the past, the film has reflections in our times as well: slavery has been officially abolished, but it has transformed and become hidden in the structures of our socities. The film reminds us of the 30 million slaves there are still today in the world.

Other winners included Cinema for Peace-honoree Leonardo DiCaprio for his role in the film WOLF OF WALL STREET, a recount about the excesses, financial fraud and corruption in 1990s New York. Matthew McConaghey and Jared Leto were awarded for their roles in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, a true story about a man who smuggles unapproved AIDS medicine into Texas after having found it is effective.

On the eve of the Golden Globes, for the third year in a row Sean Penn raised with "Help Haiti Home" 6 million USD in support of the people in Haiti that are still suffering from the consequences of the horrible January 2010 earthquake. Cinema for Peace created "Help Haiti Home" for Sean Penn and JP/HRO.

The earthquake in Haiti devastated the capital, made an estimated 1.5 million homeless and forced them into packed and gloomy tent camps. Camp residents have suffered from poor sanitation, crime and sexual violence; after four years, still some 146.000 people remain in these temporary settlements. Some have left voluntarily, some thanks to rental subsidies, but there have also been reports of violent evictions.
Haiti ranks among the world's poorest nations. After the earthquake the country has been plagued by landslides and hurricanes as well as by cholera outbreaks. Haiti's President Michel Martelly has said that billions of dollars have been pledged in aid to the country, but only a third of the money has been delivered, and even that money has mostly benefited NGOs in emergency operations rather than the rebuilding of Haiti.

We invite you to watch the following trailers:
  • 12 YEARS A SLAVE by Steve McQueen recounts how in the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery in the 1800s.
  • THE WOLF OF WALL STREET by Martin Scorsese is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
  • DALLAS BUYERS CLUB by Jean-Marc Vallée is a story of electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof, who works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.
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