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THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM AWARD 2012

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

The 2012 Cinema for Peace Gala honored the most valuable films of the year. The selected films feature issues ranging from genocide in Bosnia to wrongful imprisonment in America, from a murdered Russian lawyer to green projects in Mali, and from the life of Aung San Suu Kyi to the conviction of a former Guatemalan dictator thanks to the evidence provided by documentary filmmakers.

The International Human Rights Film Award, presented by Amnesty International and the Human Rights Film Network, was awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi and director Luc Besson’s film, The Lady, starring Michelle Yeoh. The film tells the story of the duelling obligations in Aung San Suu Kyi’s life, as she must choose between her love for her family and her duty to fight for her country and her people.

In his acceptance speech, Luc Besson said of Aung San Suu Kyi: “She fights for democracy - she doesn’t want power; she doesn’t want money. She is an example of human dignity, and this prize goes to her for sure; and if she is now able to see me today - Miss Aung San Suu Kyi, you are the Queen of Peace.”

The Cinema for Peace Foundation hosted the premiere of The Lady on February 12 in Berlin. During the Q & A the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, discussed the idea of holding screenings of The Lady in the capital cities of member countries of the UN Security Council, who can submit the case of Burma to the International Criminal Court. Filmmaker Angelina Jolie offered to host such a screening of The Lady in New York City.

Luc Besson noted that the film has broken the record for piracy in Burma: “We are number one in Burma,” he stated to applause from the audience.

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Please Watch the Trailer of the Day for: The Lady