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Season's Greetings From Cinema for Peace

BERLIN – Dear friends, the holiday season and a time of sharing is upon us. The past year has been the most successful to date thanks to your ongoing support.

We have raised awareness on and supported a number of  issues and organizations: in January, Cinema for Peace Los Angeles raised funds for Ben Affleck's Eastern Congo Initiative; in February, Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project was supported in Berlin, in July we highlighted the work of UN Women and Nicole Kidman. We also took a stand against anti-Semitism and honored Veronica Ferres, Marga Spiegel and Charlotte Knobloch at Cinema for Peace Berlin, where the laudation speeches were delivered by Rabbi Daniel Alter, who had been attacked on the streets of Berlin by anti-Semites, as well as by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the new Foreign Minister of Germany.  The 102-year-old Marga Spiegel reported on stage how the Nazis had killed 62 out of 65 members of her family.

Our monthly screenings and Trailers of the Week have highlighted important global issues including the war in Syria, whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning and the hidden genocide in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan. Special Screenings have taken place for example in Davos during the World Economic Forum, where our panel included Human Rights Watch Executive Director Ken Roth and Greenpeace Director Kumi Naidoo; in Cannes, we held an emergency screening on Syria; in New York we screened "The Devil Came on Horseback" together with the first prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno Ocampo, when Sudan's President Bashir intended to speak at the UN General Assembly.

Our regular Themba-screenings have protected the youth and fought social stigma surrounding AIDS in South Africa. The Cinema for Peace Foundation has also conducted field trips into areas devastated by conflict, bringing baby milk to Aleppo, Syria as well as visiting the town of Goma and its civil society in Eastern Congo. 

In Bosnia, Cinema for Peace is implementing since 2011 the Genocide Film Library, aiming to document the atrocities that took place during the Bosnian War; moreover, a documentary on the Genocide Film Library is being prepared with the help of Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic, who is also on the shortlist for this year's Academy Awards. These efforts in Bosnia have been endorsed among others by Angelina Jolie.

Ahead to 2014 – How to End Wars?

The coming year 2014 will bring further opportunities for Cinema for Peace. On the night before the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, Cinema for Peace will again support Sean Penn's "Help Haiti Home", which was created by Cinema for Peace in 2012. On January 30 we will host the official pre-evening of the Munich Security Conference, and on February 10 the annual Cinema for Peace Gala in Berlin, honoring the most valuable movies and documentaries of the year.

In addition, we are commencing a campaign on the subject of "How to End All Wars" as inspired by Woodrow Wilson's vision 100 years ago and Nelson Mandela's legacy. We will also commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall while honoring the legendary diplomat that helped bring it about, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, together with "The Man of the Century" (Time Magazine) Mikhail Gorbachev. Finally, our plan is to continue the existing cooperation with the International Criminal Court as well as to extend our support to the Nelson Mandela Peace Academy.

In order to continue to carry out all this important work, we rely on the generous support of our donors. We offer you a chance to become a member of the Cinema for Peace Foundation and support our work by giving us a donation. If you wish to donate, please reply to this email. If you note 100, 1000, 10.000 or another amount, we will be happy to contact you or your office after the holidays and will take care of all the formalities.

Our work has had an impact: after Cinema for Peace made the highly publicized (including the full title page of Europe's biggest newspaper) aid delivery to Syria, the German government immediately provided 200 million euros in additional aid to the Syrian refugees. After our press workshop with the International Criminal Court and Angelina Jolie, she went on with the UK Secretary of State William Hague to build a campaign against sexual violence in conflict, which was presented on the occasion of the UN General Assembly and then signed as a UN Security Council resolution by 120 countries.  

By supporting our work you can bring about real change and protect the vulnerable.

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We wish all of you Happy Holidays and a Great New Year 2014!

This is a selection of people we have worked with in the past years, who we have supported in their philanthropic work or who have supported our projects. Please join them: