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Cinema for Peace Berlin 2014: “Freedom is a responsibility”

Russian band Pussy Riot with a strong statement for justice / Celebration of Nelson Mandela’s legacy and his fight against apartheid / “12 Years a Slave” most valuable movie
Cinema for Peace Berlin 2014: “Freedom is a responsibility”

Kweku Mandela - the grandson of the late Nelson Mandela at the Cinema for Peace Gala 2014

The founders of the Russian band Pussy Riot, Nadeschda Tolokonnikowa and Marija Aljochina, participated in this year’s Cinema for Peace Gala at the Konzerthaus, Berlin. They made a strong statement for the importance of democratic values and legal justice. Emphasising their suffering for ore than two years in a Russian prison, they said: „In Russia, innocent people are put in prison every day for nothing and without any trial. Our country still lacks democratic values.“ Both activists attended this year’s gala along some 550 guests from film, politics, business and culture. At a press conference in the moring they announced that they think about stepping into Russian politics and that they do not want to incite religious hatred.

The late Nelson Mandela and his fight against apartheid and for human rights in South Africa were another leitmotif of the 2014 Gala. Cinema for Peace honoured his life achievements by awarding him the “Special Honorary Award”. His grandson Kweku, who is also a filmmaker, attended the event. He was particularly delighted by the screening of parts of the movie “Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom” as well as clips of never-before-seen footage of “Mandela’s Children”, showing Nelson Mandela with his great-grandchildren for the first time and also his last interview. Nelson Mandela had a long-standing relationship with Cinema for Peace: A co-operation between Cinema for Peace and the UNICEF initiative “Schools for Africa” financed numerous schools in South Africa. During the World Cup 2010, Mandela was the Honorary Patron of Sports for Peace. He campaigned for values like fair play, tolerance and reducing prejudices. He also fought to better the education of schoolchildren with the help of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and South African President Jacob Zuma.
Uma Thurman, Catherine Deneuve, Ennio Morricone, Ornella Muti and Sir Christopher Lee were the honorary hosts of the event. Furthermore, Sir Christopher Lee, who was the first international actor whose movies grossed over ten billion US Dollars, received an honorary award for his long-standing work for UNICEF and Cinema for Peace. He also read a letter of a girl from Syria, who suffers under the terrible war. The laudatory was held by UNICEF chairman Jürgen Haräus as well as Italian actress Ornella Muti. Honorary guests included the Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador Bianca Jagger, who praised Nelson Mandela’s life achievements with “a man who gave us hope. He led a whole nation out of
darkness.” The Italian UN Special Ambassador Al Bano gave a musical performance, singing his song “Felicità”, and former Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher alongside the former French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing highly praised the achievements of the friendship between the French and the German people. From the German side, the personalities Sabine Christiansen and Martina Gedeck were involved in the event as hosts. Marieluise Beck represented the German Bundestag.

Most Valuable Movie of the Year

Giscard d’Estaing also handed over the award for the Most Valuable Movie of the Year. The award was given to “12 Years a Slave”, one of the favourites for winning an Academy Award. Director Steve McQueen delivered a media message. “All these films are about people that stand up for their societies and fight for their legitimate rights. But we do not act according to moral principles if we use drones in wars and carry out surveillance”, Giscard d’Estaing said. Since the start of the First World War 1914 more than 200 million people have died. “Moral values and civilization can stop war.”

Most Valuable Documentary of the Year and Award for Justice

For the first time, all nominated documentaries received an award including "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer”. “Documentaries teach us about the world”, Michael Barker, Co-founder and Co-President of Sony Pictures Classics, stated in his laudatory speech. It was through his work that “Wadjda”, the first film from a female film director from Saudi Arabia, Haifa Al-Mansour, reached such a wide audience. “Michael Barker is a powerful advocate for the genre of documentaries”, Sabine Christiansen mentioned. Cinema for Peace showed an extract of this outstanding film. Another outstanding documentary was “#chicagoGirl: The Social Network Takes on a Dictator” which highlights the power of social media and how it impacted the revolution in Syria. This film received the “Justice Award”. The story is about an American teenage girl who uses social media to run the revolution in Syria from her childhood bedroom in the Chicago suburbs. Armed with Facebook, Twitter, Skype and camera phones, she helps her social network in Damascus and Homs, braving snipers, shelling in the streets and the world of human rights atrocities run by one of the most brutal dictators.

The International Green Film Award 2014 went to “Big Men”. Big Men takes us deep into the African oil industry in Ghana and Nigeria, delivering an exposé on the ambition, greed and corruption that threaten to exacerbate Africa’s resource curse and leave more of its citizens behind.

In the auction, Uma Thurman successfully bid to take part in an honorary event in October for a meeting with Michail Gorbatschow and Hans-Dietrich Gentscher to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall.
The presenting partners of the gala were Sante Naturkosmetik as well as Mega NFC International.
Photos can be found under the following link:
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