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Cinema for Peace Honorary Award for directorial debut of Angelina Jolie

"In the Land of Blood and Honey" a statement against war / Aung San Suu Kyi and "The Lady" by Luc Besson, winner of the International Human Rights Film Awards


February 13, 2012 Berlin – "In the Land of Blood and Honey", the directorial debut of Angelina Jolie, will be honored with this year’s "Honorary Award for Opposing War and Genocide" at the Cinema for Peace gala taking place February 13th, 2012 at Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt concert hall. The film tells the story of the love between a Serbian man and a Muslim woman, who realize, upon the outbreak of the Bosnian war, they not only stand on opposing sides, but the man is now a solider and the woman a prisoner of war. "In the Land of Blood and Honey" depicts the horrific violence of the civil war and makes a call for peace. Although today, the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina has been rectified, the film sends a powerful message. The cast of the film are a carefully selected team of Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian actors; they will also be honored at the gala.


„I wanted to make a film that would express, in an artistic way, my frustrations with the international community’s failure to intervene in conflicts in a timely and effective manner. I also wanted to explore and understand the Bosnian War, as well as broader issues such as women in conflict, sexual violence, accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity, and the challenge of reconciliation“, Angelina Jolie states. „It was the deadliest war in Europe since World War II, but sometimes people forget the terrible violence that happened in our time, in our generation, to our generation.”


Emphasis will be placed on Bosnia at this year’s Cinema for Peace gala as it has been a main focus of the Cinema for Peace Foundation. In November 2011, the foundation opened an office in Sarajevo in Bosnia Herzegovina, as recognition of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, which is the primary focus of the foundation. The foundation hopes to conduct over 10,000 interviews with witnesses and survivors of the massacre in order to bring clarity to the horrific event. The interviews will be made available in an online library and eventually the subject of documentary. Students, scientists and non-government organizations will provide detailed insight regarding the event of the massacre in Srebrenica during the war in former Yugoslavia. The international criminal court for former Yugoslavia has placed 161 accused war criminals before the court, these crimes included: crime against the humanity and genocide, for the first time however rape was seen as a separate crime against humanity.



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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