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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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Cinema for Peace Foundation supports India´s Daughter

Cinema for Peace presented the award-winning documentary "India's Daughter" by Leslee Udwin at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and the Monthly Screenings in Vienna and Berlin.

On the occasion of the Festival de Cannes 2015, Cinema for Peace and Plan International (UK) were co-hosting an evening for INDIA’s DAUGHTER, a film by Leslee Udwin.

The Cinema for Peace Foundation once more showed and extraordinary film in a special screening in Cannes this year. After the film “Ground zero” in 2014, Cinema for Peace featured this year the documentary “Inda’s Daughter” by Leslee Udwin, which investigates the brutal gang rape of a young woman in Delhi in 2012. The young woman, who was only 23 years old, was called Jyoti Singh Pandey and she died a couple of days later. In commemoration to her, Leslee Udwin shot the documentary in hope to change the status quo for women in india, by interviewing the rapists and other involved parties in order to show how highly discriminating and dehumanizing their views are against women, which consequently triggered worldwide discussions about women misogyny and a movement to end such violence against women.


Through the powerful medium of film, Leslee Udwin's feature-length documentary “India’s Daughter” has sparked heated debate across the world on violence against women and girls and the global pandemic of gender inequality.  Already highly committed to women’s rights, Cinema for Peace  has partnered with charity Plan International (UK), a powerful


agent for change for girls’ rights around the world, to host a dinner and screening of  this movie, which Emma Thompson has described as “one of the most important video documents of the 21st century.” At this occasion the famous Indian actress Nandita Das who said “many of us - men, women and children - took to the streets to demand a life of dignity for all women and for us to be able to live without fear anywhere in the country. Banning a documentary that is about this sensitive issue and forces us to see our misogynistic side is not even acknowledging the problem” as the film was banned from airing in India.

One of the convicted rapists serving life imprisonment, Mukesh Singh, was interviewed for the documentary. He said in the interview "When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they’d have dropped her off after ‘doing her’, and only hit the boy." He later added, "A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy … A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night … Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes."

A. P. Singh, a defence lawyer in the case, was shown saying, “If my daughter or sister engaged in pre-marital activities and disgraced herself and allowed herself to lose face and character by doing such things, I would most certainly take this sort of sister or daughter to my farmhouse, and in front of my entire family, I would put petrol on her and set her alight.” Asked later if he stood by those comments, he insisted that he did.

The whole evening was moderated by the famous Australian-British Author Kathy Lette. The Charity Auction and the Dinner afterwards were a great success, especially thanks to all the many guests and engaged supporters such as Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, Nandita Das, Meryl Streep, Kathy Lette, Freida Pinto, Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman. The final screening of the movie on the beach was moving and deeply touched all the guests. It was followed by an intense and mind opening panel discussion with Leslee Udwin. The #RocktheBindi Party supporting women empowerment was the perfect conclusion for such an extraordinary experience.


The documentary was also featured at Cinema for Peace's Monthly Screenings in Vienna and Berlin. Both Screenings were premieres in Austria and Germany and combined with a panel discussion about sexual violence against women. In Berlin we had a very interesting and intense debate with UNICEF Ambassador Katja Riemann, Director of India´s Daughter Leslee Udwin and representatives of several organizations working with sexual violence and/or within the Indian context.

Stories of Ai Weiwei

Cinema for Peace featured the censored movies of Ai Weiwei in its Screening Series ‘Stories of Ai Weiwei’ at Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin On May 22nd Cinema for Peace showed the non-fiction film The Crab House from 2012 in the cinema hall of Martin-Gropius-Bau.

Ai Weiwei is best known for his art and his activism in support of human rights and freedom of expression. What most people are not aware of is the fact that Ai Weiwei is a prolific documentary film maker. In China, his films are censored and cannot be legally watched. In 2011, Ai Weiwei was arrested and secretly detained for 81 days due to his criticism of the Chinese regime and for bringing the abuse of human rights to widespread attention with his actions and films. He was placed under house arrest and, till today, is still under soft detention and not allowed to leave China. Since his documentary films are an important and still quite unknown part of his ouevre, the Martin Gropius Bau together with Cinema for Peace decided to show a selection of his films.

Christoph Strässer (Commissioner of the Federal Government for Human Rights), Grit Lederer (Director „Evidence“), Gereon Sievernich (Head Martin-Gropius-Bau) und Jaka Bizilj (Founder Cinema for Peace) talked in the following panel discussion about the complexity of art and the media practices of Ai Weiwei who was honored pretty much one year ago with the exhibition EVIDENCE at Martin-Gropius-Bau.


On Whitsunday Cinema for Peace invited to watch four more films by Ai Weiwei: 11 am, SO SORRY, 2 pm, ONE RECLUSE, 4 pm, DISTURBING THE PEACE, 6 pm BOX YOUR EARS which offered a political and creative retrospective as well.

Movies like the ones by Ai Weiwei provide the world with an uncensored view on the living conditions in the country. They might help to support the opposition and eventually improve the situation for artists like Ai Weiwei and all the other people that dare to oppose the government and therefore face human rights violations on behalf of the harmony campaign of the CPC.


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Universal Peace Plan




How to End Wars

The Mission

There is war in the world where there should be peace.

We have the ability, resources, political knowledge and legal and moral responsibility to bring an end to wars. The United Nations was formed for exactly this reason: To promote and preserve peace. As it does not fulfill its mission, reforms are needed.

In addition, other entities need to consider taking a lead towards achieving a new world order, based on human rights and universal justice.

The Aim

The aim of the Universal Peace Plan is to stop all wars, make war illegal and to foster the underlying elements that are needed for lasting peace.


1. An End to Armed Conflict and Nuclear Threat



  • Which mechanisms are needed to end wars?
  • How can we ensure that the international community as well as every individual state lives up to its responsibility to protect the rights and lives of all people?
  • How can restrictions on arms production, trade, sales and usage ensure the end of armed conflicts? What controls need to be established?


Armed conflicts harm people directly and impede the development of societies, nations and the world as a whole. Every armed conflict is preventable and so is every death in such a conflict. The ending of armed conflict should therefore be the goal of this plan.

Institutionalize Peace

  • Make war illegal in all national constitutions and create accountability for killing civilians
  • Prevent armed conflict, genocide, mass murder and atrocities on a defined scale and trigger immediate action
  • Develop mechanisms to stop atrocities immediately



Reform the United Nations

  • Include the end of wars as a Sustainable Development Goal
  • Reform the UN and its Security Council: abandon the veto right
  • Strengthen the system of checks and balances:

a) Legislation by the UN General Assembly: Make the UN Responsibility to Protect legally binding and enforceable

b) Execution by UN Global Police which acts independently of voting and is directed by its own administration within the UN

c) Jurisdiction by global courts such as the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice



Arms Control

  • Starting from the year 2018: Oblige every arms manufacturer to follow a worldwide guideline making them responsible for whom they sell their arms to
  • Enforce a compulsory registration of all weapons. The arms industry shall be obliged to equip all weapons with GPS devices, a camera which films and transmits any action while the weapon is active and a system to block the weapon
  • Establish an international arms surveillance unit to monitor all weapons worldwide and to direct a special arms police to track down missing and stolen arms



Nuclear and Chemical Disarmament

  • Eradicate all nuclear and chemical weapons as well as the structures to produce and launch them by 2050
  • Make weapons of mass destruction illegal and start a "countdown to zero"



Law and Responsibility

  • Make the killings of civilians a crime in every case, also in the so-called ‘casualties of war’
  • Make every police and military action transparent and accountable, record and monitor every action



Truth & Reconciliation

  • Establish Truth & Reconciliation Commissions in post-conflict societies. They are also needed to address civil conflicts and historical wrongs, avoid violence, and restore justice
  • Ensure that victims of war, violence and oppression, their societies and the whole world have their right to know about human rights violations and crimes against humanity



2. Universal Justice and Rule of Law


  • How can international justice be established?
  • How can the rule of law be established internationally?
  • How can we ensure that all states & non-state organizations subordinate themselves under a common code of law?


Universal Law and Justice

The international community as well as nations should be obliged to act to prevent crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide and torture:


  • Create a rule of law and accountability worldwide
  • Ensure that all states sign and ratify the Rome Statute to ensure global justice through the International Criminal Court
  • Make sure that all UN members have to subject to the International Criminal Court
  • Establish a global online justice platform for all victims
  • Define a binding universal code of rights that applies for every individual regardless of their nationality – based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Define a binding universal code of obligations for states and governments towards their people – also based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Implement international mechanisms to punish and sanction violations of mentioned rights as well as unwillingness to act according to the above mentioned rights and obligations


3. Eradication of Extreme Poverty and Hunger by 2030



  • How can extreme poverty and hunger be eradicated?
  • How can we ensure sustainable aid, investment and good governance?


An efficient policy framework will be essential to address the causes and consequences of extreme poverty which is often the cause of conflict and death.

Extreme Poverty

  • In 2013 about 17% of the world’s population was living on less than 1.25 USD a day. This percentage decreased from 43% in 1990. By 2030 nobody should live below the extreme poverty line.
  • Guarantee through good governance a minimum standard of living, as defined in article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Political stability, rule of law, voice and accountability, government effectiveness, regulatory quality and control of corruption.
  • Political stability, absence of violence, the rule of law, and equal access to land and natural resources are essential preconditions for peace. In political systems which lack voice and accountability, the poor people face acute difficulties when attempting to influence the political agenda, resulting in low political attention. Establish decentralized, local and sustainable development. Focus on infrastructure, efficiency and good governance.


Extreme Hunger

  • Guarantee the end of hunger and malnutrition by 2030: 842 million people in the world today do not have enough to eat. In developing countries, every seventh person goes hungry. This has only decreased by 20% over the last 20 years.
  • Guarantee the end of malnutrition for children by 2030: Currently, the development of every fourth child is stunted by malnutrition. In developing countries, this can rise to one in three. 45% of all childhood deaths are linked to malnutrition.




  • States shall be obligated to spend a minimum of 1% of the GDP on development or investments in developing countries
  • Make funding of specific aid programs dependent on evaluation of progress: Prefer cooperation partners with clear accountability structures. States ranking low on the Transparency International Corruption Index shall not receive development aid, instead the aid shall be distributed directly to non-governmental organizations and the civil society in form of aid, investments or grants.

Financing Development

  • Reduce spending on military by 10% every 3 years, a total of 30% in 9 years
  • Spend the billions saved on military expenditures – approximately 170 billion USD per year in the first 3 years, 306 billion USD per year in the next 3 years and 418 billion USD per year in the following 3 years – to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger and to invest in education, health and environmental protection


4. Health and Fatal Diseases


  • Which diseases are the biggest threats to human health and what can be done about it?
  • How can we ensure, that the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry do not interfere with the worldwide need for medication?


Preventable and treatable diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria pose an enormous threat to mankind. Diseases do not only harm infected individuals but also burden national economies and destabilize societies. Make medication for preventable and/or controllable diseases available and affordable for all persons affected. Invalidate IP right claims connected to medication for treatment of HIV, AIDS, TB and Malaria. Fund and implement appropriate education on the prevention and understanding of these diseases. Eradicate the following diseases by 2030:


  • There were 2.3 million HIV infections and 1.6 million subsequent deaths worldwide in 2012, while the cost of first-line antiretroviral therapy has in some countries been reduced to as little as 140 USD per person per year.




  • There were 8.6 million TB infections and 1.3 million deaths in 2012. Especially vulnerable are people already infected with HIV.
  • In industrialized countries TB treatment costs about 2,000 USD per person. In developing countries a generic pill costs as little as 8 USD – which is still unaffordable for most of the people affected. Globally, 79% of people with TB do not have access to Directly Observed Therapy Short-course (DOTS). Extend and fund programs giving out medication free of charge for people in need.




  • 660,000 people died of malaria in 2011. 90% of these deaths occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa, where a child dies from malaria approximately every minute.
  • The cost of sending an insecticide-treated bed-net, along with a trained professional to explain how to use it best, is only 10 USD. Highly effective medical treatment significantly reducing the risk of death costs only 2 USD each. Establish cooperation with local partners to supply insecticide-treated nets.



Child Mortality

  • 6.6 million children died under the age of five in 2012.
  • Reduce child mortality by 50% by 2030 by guaranteeing access to simple, affordable interventions such as vaccination, adequate nutrition, exclusive breastfeeding, reduction of household air pollution, access safe water and food, adequate sanitation and hygiene



5. Environmental Protection & Climate Change



  • How can this planet as habitat for all flora and fauna be preserved?
  • How can we ensure that all states and industries commit to stop climate change?


The international community needs to respond to the environmental threats with binding laws and quotas. Problems such as global climate change, ozone layer depletion, production of toxic waste, loss of forests and species, and air and water pollution need to be stopped with legal and technological steps such as:


Environmental Protection and Climate Change

  • Enacting binding legal limits for pollutant energy sources
  • Funding and facilitating the change from fossil to renewable energy sources. Only renewable energy sources shall be used from the year 2050 on
  • Establishing laws with quotas and setting up funding to preserve flora and fauna worldwide
  • Creating binding global regulations regarding the possession, exploitation and distribution of natural resources like water, minerals, natural gas and crude oil
  • Conserving oceans and seas; ensure that maritime resources are used sustainably
  • Eliminating nuclear and chemical dangers until 2030



6. Education


  • How can we ensure that primary education is provided to every child by 2025?
  • How can education represent universal values in all schools and contribute to a peaceful world?


The right to education is a basic human right. Education is the key to development and essential to create peace and understanding. According to Nelson Mandela, "education is the key for everything.”


  • Raise the number of children receiving primary education by 20% each year: There are currently 61 million children of primary school age who are not going to school left.
  • Raise the number of students attending secondary education by 10% each year: There are currently 71 million adolescents of secondary school age who are not attending any secondary school institution.
  • Ensure that students can attend higher education institutions without limitations based on their race, political beliefs, ethnic origins, religious beliefs, gender, physical capabilities or financial situation
  • Ensure that all states increase funding for education and research to 10% of the GDP by 2020
  • Adjust school curricula to influence the perception of violence and war, acknowledging murder and violence as acts of obscenity that should be eradicated
  • Negotiate a global code of conduct for the presentation of violence, killings and war in media, news, advertisement, games, film and television: Limit the appearance of violence and murder as entertainment. Smoking and pornography are not part of mainstream entertainment, why murder and killings? There should be no censorship for art, but limitations for general entertainment.



7. Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women


  • How can we ensure with incentives that all people are treated and considered equal, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation?
  • How can we ensure, with incentives, that empowerment of women is not only implemented by binding legal rules, but is also growing from within society?


The empowerment of women is not only a legal requirement but also the strongest proven factor for change and economic development. Women's equal participation in all aspects of life, advancing gender equality and enhancing women's participation in peace-building are central to achieving peace.

Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women

  • Adjust the distribution of aid and investment to give equal chances to everyone regardless of gender
  • Implement strategies to encourage a higher participation of women in political and management roles
  • Raise awareness about gender-specific violence and acts of war; abandon amnesty for such crimes and prosecute them
  • Protect mothers economically and with health care measures: Since 44% of all child deaths occur within the first month of life, providing skilled care to mothers during pregnancy, as well as during and after birth, greatly contributes to child survival.
  • 287,000 women died during pregnancy and childbirth in 2010, more than 99% of which occurred in developing countries, most of which were preventable



8. Good Governance and Democracy


  • What could be the definition of ‘good governance’ and ‘democracy’?
  • How can we ensure that all people have the chance to live in a democratic society?


Democracy and transparency are needed to ensure a just society. A catalogue should be developed to define the minimum requirements for states to be considered democracies, including a democratic election process that is internationally monitored. There is also a need for accountability structures for the distribution and use of aid to ensure that it reaches the people it is supposed to reach.

Good Governance and Democracy

  • Ensure that states can exercise full international rights and participate fully in international trade only if they prove a certain level of democracy
  • Make international aid and economic co-operation depended on good governance
  • These restrictions do not apply to humanitarian aid as against hunger, diseases and disaster relief
  • Ban members of non-democratic governments from travelling to democratic countries. Their illegally-acquired assets need to be frozen and returned after democracy is established.



9. Cultural Rights


  • How can indigenous people and minorities of any kind be protected?
  • How can society be changed to regard differences in religion, ethnic origin, language, etc., as a positive and enriching element rather than a threat?


Culture is central to people’s identity and well-being and therefore cultures are to be protected as part of the Universal Human Rights. Mutual respect between cultures is a condition for lasting peace worldwide.


  • Every person shall have the right to use the language of choice in the public sphere and in private.
  • Educational systems should adjust to the languages spoken by their students and make them languages of instruction. A mutual link language shall also become subject of education.



Religion and Beliefs

  • No religion and no belief system shall be subject to discrimination, neither should its followers.
  • There shall be a strict separation of state and religion, beliefs and belief systems. Therefore, no state shall promote a certain religion or belief.



Indigenous Peoples

  • Indigenous peoples shall have the right to maintain their traditions, way of life, political and legal customs and their use of land. They shall retain their right to participate fully in political, social, economic and cultural life of the state.
  • States shall be obliged to act according to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.



  • States shall be obliged to protect and promote ethnical, religious, social and cultural minorities. They shall support the intercultural exchange between the diverse cultures of minorities and majorities.




  • Everyone has the right to a nationality. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his or her nationality nor denied the right to change his or her nationality.



Freedom of Movement & Residence

  • Every person has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of a state, to leave any country, including his or her own, and to return to his or her country. Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.



10. Free Media, Freedom of Expression and Transparency


  • How can we ensure that truthful information is always available to all people?
  • How can we ensure that all people can voice their opinion, interests and political as well as religious believes without fearing any legal repercussions?


The fundament of a working democracy and peaceful society is the free exchange of opinions and access to information and independent media sources.

Freedom of Expression

  • Guarantee freedom of expression, political opinion and association in every country



Freedom of the Media

  • Guarantee that the media is free from state interference and any kind of censorship and avoid a monopoly in the media sector




  • Ensure transparency of all governmental activities, expenditures, military decisions and the work of intelligence agencies.
  • Implement mechanisms of transparency and honest public information in order to facilitate public discussion of political decisions – especially on security, war and conflicts.


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Cinema for Refugees

The Cinema for Peace Foundation is planning a mobile cinema project in the world's biggest refugee camps (e.g. Syria, Jordan, and Turkey) to bring psychological relief, stimulating information, and hope to young refugees.


We screened a children's film in Reyhanlı at a wonderful education center for refugee kids. Reyhanlı is a small town next to the Syrian boarder where over 100.000 Syrian refuges live. It was amazing to see how fascinated the children were by the movie. Afterwards we encourage them to build their own fantasy-characters with plasticine. It was amazing to see with how much enthusiasm they formed very imaginative figures themselves.



Since after 9/11 the non-profit organization Cinema for Peace has been aiming to influence through films the perception and resolution of global social, political and humanitarian challenges of our time. One of our current prime goals is to ease the situation of children in crisis situations, to empower them and to raise awareness for their right to education.



In response to the ever-worsening plight endured by children living in refugee camps, the Cinema for Peace Foundation has launched Cinema for Refugees. This initiative involves using the medium of film to provide psychological relief, entertainment and escapism to children living in refugee camps in places such as Syria, Jordan and Turkey.


The interest from small organizations which are providing the essential support for these children is enormous. We would like to support them with the basic technical equipment to ensure screenings on site once a month. Moreover, we would love to travel with art therapists and film-makers to some of the camps in order to offer the children a way of self-expression to help them to cope with their traumas.





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Open Sky

With the arrival of summer, we are excited to announce our new series of ‘Open Sky’ film screenings at outdoor locations across Berlin. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors whilst watching fascinating and important films on topics ranging from the environment to human rights. Earlier in the year, we honored some of the most vital cinematic works at our annual Cinema for Peace Gala ceremony. Many of the films featured will be shown as part of the ‘Open Sky’ film screening series, which will include 3 different locations and over 10 different movies. These will be followed by stimulating panel discussions, with both experts and film-makers volunteering their thoughts on the themes explored within these films. We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a unique and thought-provoking summer screening series.







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Ethopia Rising by Mark Dodd

in cooperation with the UNCCD

Ethiopia Rising is the story of the phenomenal environmental transformation of a nation told through the experience of one man, Aba Hawi, who mobilizes an entire community to regenerate the surrounding hillsides, and in doing so saved his village from certain extinction.For a generation brought up on Live-Aid with its images of a desperate nation, little has emerged in the mainstream media to correct this. Ethiopia Rising goes a long way to challenge these out-of-date perceptions.
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 Juli in the Volkspark am Weinbergsweg

Hawar – Der Genocide by Düzen Tekkal

in cooperation with Genocide Aler

HÁWAR erzählt von der Reise der Yezidin Düzen Tekkal und ihrem Vater Seyhmus zurück zu ihren Wurzeln. Die Journalistin, die mit ihrer Familie ein glückliches Leben in Deutschland führt, reist zum zum ersten Mal zum Ursprung ihres Glaubens, in die yezidischen Siedlungsgebiete in den Nordirak. Dorthin, wo die Terrormiliz des islamischen Staats unfassbare Gräueltaten verübt.

Es sind Schicksale von Vätern, Müttern und Kindern, die Schreckliches erlebt haben und immer noch erleben. Sie haben die Hoffnung auf Rettung aufgegeben. Ihrem Glauben bleiben sie treu, denn das ist alles was sie noch haben – bis zu ihrem Tod. HÁWAR beweist, dass Völkermorde auch 70 Jahre nach dem Holocaust grausame Realität sind, während die Welt beinahe tatenlos zuschaut. Seit jeher bedeutet HÁWAR in der kurdischen Sprache „Hilferuf“. Heute ist dieses Wort ein Synonym für „Völkermord“.

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Upcoming Screenings:


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