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The Cinema for Peace Foundation endeavors to further peace and understanding worldwide through the support of cinematographic works. Through the involvement in the production and dissemination of films about violence, ecocide, war, poverty, the prevention of diseases (e.g. AIDS) and violations of human rights, The Cinema for Peace Foundation undertakes to raise awareness about these issues worldwide, both in the first world countries as well as in the afflicted countries. Such films are supported and made accessible through the foundation as widely as possible, either directly by Cinema for Peace, or by supporting third parties in doing so.


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We Support

Cinema for Peace Foundation has supported and continues to support the following campaign:

Global Justice Campaign for Sergei Magnitzky

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Cinema for Peace Foundation supports the Global Justice Campaign for Sergei Magnitzky

Since autumn 2011 the Cinema for Peace Foundation been has supporting the Global Justice Campaign for Sergei Magnitzky, a young Russian tax attorney whose death in police custody generated international media attention and launched an investigation into allegations of abuse. Magnitsky, who had alleged wide-scale tax fraud sanctioned by officials before being himself arrested, died days before the one year limit that he could be held without trial would expire.

Sergei Magnitsky, was a young Russian lawyer, who blew the whistle on a $230 million tax fraud involving senior Russian Government officials. He testified against the people involved, and was subsequently arrested, tortured, denied medical care, and murdered in custody when he refused to change or withdraw his testimony. Those responsible for the crimes he uncovered and those responsible for his death have yet to be punished.

"Justice for Sergei"

Justice for Sergei is the award winning documentary film on Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died in November 2009 at the age of 37 under excruciating circumstances in a Moscow detention centre, still awaiting trial. His death fuelled international outrage, but inside Russia the corrupt government officials responsible were never brought to justice. Justice for Sergei tells the story of an ordinary man who paid the ultimate price while trying to expose the extraordinary corruption gripping Russia today.

In February of this year, the film won the Cinema for Peace Award for Justice 2012 in Berlin. The film was awarded First Prize in the Human Rights Competition at the 'Docudays' Film Festival in Kiev, Ukraine in 2011. Justice for Sergei has been broadcasted in several countries and the 62-minute Director's Cut is touring major film festivals around the globe.

Project Developments

"The Magnitsky Files: Organized Crime Inside the Russian Government”

Is a new documentary which is the result of a year-long investigation by Magnitsky´s colleagues and provides brand new evidence of fraud, conspiracy and murder by members of the Putin regime. The documentary premiered on Capital Hill in Washington DC in June 2012. The film goes into detail of how the Russian police who killed Sergei Magnitsky have been working on an intimate basis with organized criminals, how they kill people to cover up their crimes.

The premiere was followed by a discussion with Senator John McCain, David Kramer, President of Freedom House, and William Browder, head of the global campaign for justice for Sergei Magnitsky. Senator John McCain is the co-sponsor of the “Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2011”.


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A Historical Moment - The first-ever verdict of the International Criminal Court & Farewell to the Prosecutor

After temporary Criminal Courts, as for example in Nuremberg in 1948, or in recent time for Rwanda and for former Yugoslavia, have successfully been providing justice, the first permanent International Criminal Court will now deliver its first-ever verdict in The Hague.

Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga should be sentenced to 30 years in jail by the International Criminal Court, said the chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo on yesterday before the court in The Hague, asking for a "severe sentence". Mr Lubanga is charged with recruiting and using child soldiers in north-eastern DR Congo in 2002 and 2003. He does not deny that he led the Union of Congolese Patriots political group but has pleaded not guilty saying he was only a politician and was not involved in the violence.

The verdict in this case was rendered on 14 March 2012. Mr Lubanga was found guilty of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15, and using them to participate in armed conflict. Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, stated: "The defendant stole the childhood of the victims by forcing them to kill and rape. Lubanga victimized the children before they ever had a chance to grow up." After documenting Mr Lubanga's activities, Anneke Van Woudenberg (Human Rights Watch) said she was hoping "that this verdict will start to see the process of justice begin". The verdict will be handed down by three judges and if Mr Lubanga is found guilty, he will face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. This is the first international trial focusing on the use of child soldiers and it is likely to set legal precedents for those accused of related crimes in the future.

Tomorrow, June 15th, The Cinema for Peace Foundation is hosting film screenings and a farewell dinner in The Hague to honour and farewell the first Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and welcome his successor Fatou Bensouda in her new role as Chief Prosecutor of the ICC. During this momentous event, American-Syrian filmmaker Sam Kadi will deliver a statement pertaining to the situation in Syria and the critical need for the UN Security Council to refer the case to the ICC in order to issue an arrest warrant against a President who is murdering his own people. Mr Kadi has stated, "When children are being slaughtered by the dozen, intervention is no longer a political game but rather an imperative humanitarian action." Other artists have expressed their concern about the situation in Syria. Cary Elwes, actor, “The Princess Bride”, stated that "historians will study how the world stood idly by while thousands of innocents were led to the slaughter and will be dumbfounded as how to explain or justify such inaction and callousness."

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"The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court" - Trailer

 

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"Children of War" - Trailer

 

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Siege on Syria


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Genocide Film Library

The Genocide Film Library will provide an essential contribution to currently available oral history material focused on Bosnia-Herzegovina and the events of the 1992-1995 conflict. Once completed, it will be a valuable resource for scholars, educators and students, curators and researchers, NGO activists and filmmakers. The Library is not only a resource for the citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina, but instead a project that will be global in impact.

 

The Cinema for Peace Foundation began operating in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2011, when it established an office tasked with the creation of the Genocide Film Library. Following the example of the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation Institute, which was founded by Steven Spielberg, the Genocide Film Library will bring together audiovisual testimonies of 10,000 survivors of the Srebrenica genocide in a freely accessible online library.

 

World Premiere
of the documentary film and testimony

THE VOICES OF
SREBRENICA


July 9, 8 pm
Konjevic Polje
Bosnia and Herzegovina


Srebrenica was an UN Safe Area in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Despite it`s designation as an area “free from any armed attack or any other hostile act,” it was overrun and captured by the forces of the Army of Republika Srpska on July 11th, 1995. In the days following the fall of Srebrenica, over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically massacred in the greatest atrocity to occur on the European continent since WWII.

“I  watched a woman, I didn't know her, she gave birth, and the baby was crying... . And they told her to shut the baby up. I mean it's a baby. The mother answered, I think it was the mother: 'How can you hush a baby that was just born?' He said to her:'Give it to me. We'll do it.' They took the baby away and gave her back a plastic bag. They brought her the baby's head inside the bag, to that woman… . I witnessed this.” Munira Ademović

With the support of Angelina Jolie and the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Relations the Genocide Film Library collected over  a period of three years  over 1300 interviews with survivors and eye-witnesses of the massacre in Srebrenica in summer 1995. The interviews are the biggest oral history collection in Bosnia and accessible in an online library and form the basis for the documentary "Voices of Srebrenica".

"The Serbs came on board, demanding gold and money. If someone did not have money, they would rape them or cut off their breast. I kept my children close to me." Naza Bajramović

"The Voices of Srebrenica" paints an impressive picture of the ineffable violence and inhumanity that happened during the genocide in Srebrenica. It illustrates and reconstructs the course of the events by using in depth interviews of survivors and original footage that was taken in 1995.

“It was difficult surviving and walking over the dead bodies, leaving the dead behind. It wasn`t two bodies, or twenty but two thousand. What else could I have done? I had to.” Mevludin Orić

Hasan Nuhanović co-founded the Genocide Film Library. He worked as a U.N. interpreter in Srebrenica in July 1995 when the Dutch commander sent his parents and his brother to death, along with over 8000 others. Hasan Nuhanović took legal action against the Dutch Goverment. In 2013 the Supreme Court of the Netherlands found the Netherland Goverment guitly. It was the first time an individual government has been held to account for the conduct of its peacekeeping troops operating under a UN mandate.

"Voices of Srebrenica" was produced by the Cinema for Peace Foundation. Through movies and documentaries Cinema for Peace aims to influence  the perception and resolution of the global social, political and humanitarian challenges of our time. In recent years Cinema for Peace has supported a number of important causes with the help of artists such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and personalities such as The Dalai Lama, Muhammad Ali, Bill and Hillary Clinton, President Mikhail Gorbachev and our former Honorary Patron Nelson Mandela.

"What broke my heart was that people did know. They did see the pictures, they did watch the news, they did read the reports.The international community did know, and it did not do enough, it did not do all it could, it did not stop the violence.” Angelina Jolie





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Šuhra Ahmetović was born in Šušnjari, and lived with her family in Srebrenica. At the beginning of the war, she lost her husband. Her son later perished as well. To this day, she does not know what happened to either of them.
Šuhra continues to search for their remains and hopes that she will one day be able to bury the remains of her husband and son.
She has an adult daughter who now lives in France, and is still traumatized by the war. Šuhra attempted to help displaced individuals during the war, at times sheltering as many as 25 individuals.

To view the video please watch here...

PROJECT DEVELOPMENTS

Cinema for Peace Looks Forward to a Summer of Outreach Events

Beginning on July 6th, 2012, testimonies from the Genocide Film Library will be made available at Bosnia-Herzegovina’s recently opened Genocide Museum in Sarajevo. The Cinema for Peace Foundation welcomes this opportunity and looks forward to cooperating with the Genocide Museum, and its founder, Mr. Tarik Samarrah, on future outreach events.


On July 10th, the Cinema for Peace Foundation, in cooperation with the Centre for the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial, will hold two events. The first event, to be held at the Cultural Centre in Srebrenica, will include an address by the Foundation’s consultant, Mr. Hasan Nuhanovic, and the screening of several testimonies. Following the event at the Cultural Centre, testimonies will be continuously screened for several hours at the Centre for the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial. In this way, the Cinema for Peace Foundation will serve as a direct participant in the events commemorating the genocide in Srebrenica, 17 years on.


The Cinema for Peace Foundation will also serve as an official partner of the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) this year. During this year’s festival, the Foundation will coordinate two events:

  • On July 11th, an interactive dome will be set up on the Children of Sarajevo Square where visitors will be able to view a number of testimonies (in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and English) and film their reactions to the Genocide Film Library project. After the 11th, the dome will be moved to the Roman Petrovic Gallery, where visitors may continue to view testimonies and provide filmed statements until the SFF’s conclusion on July 14th.
  • On July 14th, the Cinema for Peace Foundation will co-host the VIP dinner for SFF winners and honoured guests. All VIP dinner attendees will receive detailed information about the Genocide Film Library and a DVD with one translated testimony.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

The Genocide Film Library directly contributes to the Cinema for Peace Foundation’s mission to raise awareness about global social inequalities and injustices through the medium of film.

Each oral history project is unique and the Genocide Film Library will provide an essential contribution to currently available oral history material focused on Bosnia-Herzegovina and the events of the 1992-1995 conflict.  The Cinema for Peace Foundation’s Interviewer, Ms. Naida Balić explains:

"Our plan is to film 10,000 life stories using oral history methods. Although oral history is underdeveloped in Bosnia-Herzegovina, it will provide us with the opportunity to record the experiences of Srebrenica survivors between 1992 and 1995. We’re historically documenting their memories and emotions, which are incredibly significant.”

The Library is not only a resource for the citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina, but instead a project that will be global in impact. Ms. Balić adds:

"The Genocide Film Library will serve as a historical resource for future generations. Survivors are aware of this importance of recording their stories using oral history techniques. Most believe that the world should know what happened - and we believe that no one can more precisely and accurately describe the events surrounding the genocide than those who were present in Srebrenica between 1992 and 1995.”


The Genocide Film Library’s servers will eventually be made available to respected historical institutions such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Furthermore, the Cinema for Peace Foundation is working in cooperation with the Center for the Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial to construct a permanent structure on the Center’s premises where visitors from around the world will be able to view the testimonies. Prior to the project's conclusion, a feature-length documentary film about Srebrenica, with a focus on the events of the genocide, will be produced. Voices of Srebrenica, an umbrella organization comprised of the four primary family associations representing genocide survivors and victims, is an implementing partner in the Genocide Film Library project.

The Cinema for Peace Foundation invites all interested individuals to contact our Sarajevo office and schedule an interview during which their testimony will be recorded. The organization also happily accepts volunteers and interns who are interested in contributing their time and skills to this important project.  Contact details are available online at
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Inauguration

Inauguration
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Up In Smoke

Cinema for Peace Foundation has supported and continues to support the following campaign:

 

UP IN SMOKE, Roadshow Tour of GERMANY

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Cinema for Peace Foundation was proud to support the

Up In Smoke Roadshow Tour in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and OXFAM DEUTSCHLAND e.V.

The UP IN SMOKE ROADSHOW was a national German tour of FREE SCREENINGS of the award winning enviornmental documentary and International Green Film Award nominee Up In Smoke. The Roadshow tour covered seven major cities in Germany with eight different screenings during the month of May 2012.

The tour started with Dresden on May 2nd and went to Nurenburg, Munich, Cologne, Munster, Hamburg ending in Berlin on May 13th.

“Driven by the superb efforts of the Cinema for Peace Foundation, UP IN SMOKE is set to go on the road in Germany, on tour in 8 major cities throughout the country.” -Adam Wakeling, Director Up In Smoke

For more information and news about the film and tour, please visit the official website of UP IN SMOKE.

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"Up In Smoke"

Up In Smoke, is a film about an agricultural technique that could save more carbon emissions annually than all global aviation combined. It is a film about one of the biggest contributors to tropical deforestation and global warming: slash and burn agriculture. It sits at the crossroads of two of the greatest threats to global stability: accelerating climate change and diminishing food security. The film follows British scientist Mike Hands, who has laboured for 25 years to perfect a sustainable farming technique to replace slash and burn farming in equatorial rainforests. And he’s found it. Mike Hands has the solution, but is the world ready to listen?

Adam Wakeling, the film’s director, was on tour with the film and hosting a Q&A session after every screening. In addition, guest speakers attended some of the sessions.

Project Developments

In April 2012, following two excellent screenings of UP IN SMOKE at the Millennium International Film Festival, the UNDP decided to award the prize to the film for it’s emotive portrayal of a solution to one of the least understood social and environmental blights of our time. Mike Hands was also in attendance and was rightfully and wildly applauded when he climbed onstage.

The film Up In Smoke continues to win awards and gain influence around the world.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is celebrating his 70th birthday this year. The greatest living legend of sport  is not only known as a great sports champion, but also for his humanitarian work and opposing war. In 1967, he declared he would refuse to serve in the United States Army and publicly considered himself a conscientious objector of the Vietnam War, and stood up for his beliefs, even though he was sentenced initially to 5 years in prison, was stripped his world-championship-title and was not allowed to work for 3,5 years.

In 1984, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson‘s syndrome. In 1991, he travelled to Iraq during the Gulf War and met with Saddam Hussein in an attempt to negotiate the release of American hostages. In 1996, Ali had the honour of lighting the flame at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, what become the most memorable moment of modern Olympic history. In 2002 Muhammad Ali went to Afghanistan as „U.N. Messenger of Peace“.  In 2011, Ali, as one of the most prominent U.S. Muslims, appealed to Iran's supreme leader to show mercy and free two Americans held on suspicion of espionage since 2009.

On the occasion of the 30th Olympic Games in London 2012, “Sports for Peace” will be honouring boxing legend Muhammad Ali in a Gala event in The Victoria and Albert Museum on the 25th of July. “Sports for Peace” aims at praising the Olympic ideals and to convey its message, raising awareness for such important and inspirational causes as The Muhammad Ali Center, which serves both as a cultural attraction and international education center that is inspired by the ideals of its founder. “Sports for Peace” was created during the preliminary stages of the Olympic Games 2008 in response to the question whether sport or major sporting events could be obliged to common ideals, following a discussion with Richard Gere in 2007.

Outstanding sports personalities create unforgettable moments and serve as role models for entire generations. But it does take more than sporting triumphs, world records and gold medals to transform successful athletes into role models of entire generations.

 

WATCH THE CINEMA FOR PEACE TRAILER OF THE DAY:


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"When We Were Kings" by Leon Gast - Trailer

 

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"Ali", by Michael Mann - Trailer


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Upcoming Screenings:

SILAS

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