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Cinema for Peace at the UN World Humanitarian Summit

From today, the first UN World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul. To some, it might seem strange that Turkey was selected, a country that dominates headlines with restricting freedom of press, eroding democracy and human rights violations. On the other hand Turkey is taking care of over 2.3 million refugees, more than all of Europe.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited politicians and decisionmakers from all over the world to debate how to deal with global crisises that have been exacerbated by war, climate change and natural disasters. In order to raise awareness and give the participants of the summit an emotional insight Cinema for Peace hosts a range of events on the occasion of the first UN World Humanitarian Summit.

Yesterday, on the eve of the World Humanitarian Summit, Cinema for Peace, in cooperation with Global Citizen and Small Projects Istanbul, hosted a special screening of the film 'Shaun the Sheep' for over 200 refugee children between the age of 3 and 10 at the KADIR Has University in Istanbul, with the goal to bring public attention to the urgent matter of 'Education in Emergencies‘ and to offer a few moments of psychological relief to the children.  Our honorary guest at the event was Nobel Peace Prize laureate and human rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.

Cinema for Peace is also supporting #BooksBuildLives. The #BooksBuildLives Petition is part of a broader 'Education in Emergencies' Campaign run by Global Citizen, calling on world leaders participating at the World Humanitarian Summit to fund education in emergencies for kids everywhere.

The screening will be followed by screenings for over 1600 refugee-children all over Turkey during the UN World Humanitarian summit, as part of the Cinema for Refugee project for  children across Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Greece.

If you would like to support Cinema for Refugees please donate here! Your donation will be used to buy screening equipment for refugee camps in order to show children films.
Cinema for Peace with Global Citizens and Nobel Peace Price laureate Kailash Satyarthi.
Today, May 23, on the first day of the Summit, Cinema for Peace will host an evening event inviting the participants of the Summit to a screening of the documentary “The Great Wall” by Tadhg O'Sullivan. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the director Tadhg O'Sullivan, Shannon Kay (Small Projects Istanbul), Karam Alhamad (Syrian Refugee), Kate Phillips-Barrasso (International Rescue Committe), Esin Paca Cengiz (Film Department of Kadir Has University) on the current refugee crisis and Europe's position in relation to it. The discussion will give a deeper insight into the political dimension behind the intention of building a new "wall".

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. In recent years, Cinema for Peace has supported a number of important causes with help of artists like Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and personalities such as the Dalai Lama, Muhammad Ali, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev and the former Honorary Patron Nelson Mandela.

Global Citizen is an international campaigning organisation that fights among other things for education in emergencies.

Small projects Istanbul is an Istanbul-based organisation that supports refugees in Turkey and helps them starting a new life.

Ai Weiwei for Cinema for Peace

Ai Weiwei's 'Safe Passage' installation with life-vests from Lesbos for Cinema for Peace.


Upcoming Screenings:


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