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Cinema for Peace Opposes Anti-Semitism

Veronica Ferres, Charlotte Knobloch and Marga Spiegel receive the Honorary Award for their engagements against anti-Semitism / The award will be presented by Rabbi Daniel Alter at the Cinema for Peace Gala at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel Berlin on February 9th.

 

Berlin, 31 January 2013 - This year’s Cinema for Peace Gala Berlin will highlight the artistic and social fight against anti-Semitism in Germany and beyond. One main focus of the film gala is the presentation of the Cinema for Peace Honorary Award to actress Veronica Ferres, Charlotte Knobloch and Marga Spiegel, who all have been fighting against anti-Semitism and xenophobia for many years. The award will be presented by German Rabbi Daniel Alter. The Cinema for Peace Gala Berlin will take place at the Waldorf Astoria Berlin on February 9th 2013. Further award winners, films and guests will be communicated within in the next days.

“Almost no other German actress shows her commitment to fight anti-Semitism and xenophobia as strongly as Veronica Ferres, whose engagement is evident in many of her films. This emphasizes how important it is to always remember the Holocaust”, Jaka Bizilj, founder of Cinema for Peace, explains. “This fight is particularly important when looking at the current anti-Semitism debate in Germany and at the attacks on Jewish citizens; it is imperative that every single person makes their opinion on the matter clear, just as our three prize winners did. There should never be any room for anti-Semitism in society.”

Veronica Ferres has made a clear statement against anti-Semitism during her entire career. With films such as “Anna´s Return” (Annas Heimkehr), “Destined to Witness” (Neger, Neger, Schornsteinfeger), “Adam Resurrected” (Ein Leben für ein Leben) with Jeff Goldblum and “Saviours in the Night” (Unter Bauern – Retter in der Nacht), Veronica Ferres has shown what would have been the consequences of anti-Semitism and xenophobia. She also emphasized what one can achieve by showing humanity and civil courage. As international ambassador for the organisation “Hadassah” she advocated for peace between Jews and Palestinians. In the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, Jewish and Arabic children get medical support without any religious or ethical barriers. In 2005, the organization Hadassah was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Other ambassadors of Hadassah are Richard Gere, Shimon Peres and Zubin Mehta. Veronica Ferres also impressed with her role in “Anna’s Return”, the memoir of Charlotte Knobloch’s childhood during the Holocaust.

The former President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, has been promoting the motto “tolerance and acceptance require respect and consideration” for many years. These values should be respected in society and in politics. Holocaust survivor Marga Spiegel (born 1912) has written a moving eye-witness novel about having to hide from and being persecuted by the Nazi regime. Her novel “Saviours in the night” (Retter in der Nacht), has been made into a film with Veronica Ferres (as Marga Spiegel) and Armin Rohde in 2009. The film was awarded with the Audience Award at the festival Boston Jewish Film Festival in the United States in 2011 and with the Signis Award at the Washington DC International Film Festival in 2010.

The laudatory speech for all three awardees will be presented by German Rabbi Daniel Alter. Coordinating the rabbis’ work in Jewish communities at the General Conference of Rabbis in Germany, he was attacked in August 2012 by anti-Semites in Berlin, who broke his nose – a case that has reached international attention.

At the Cinema for Peace Gala in Berlin some of the most important ambassadors of the international film and media world with influential personalities from business, culture and politics will come together. On this occasion, peace and humanity will attract worldwide media attention and will initiate new projects. This event is one of the leading film galas in the world, and is an established platform for films and activists to promote their societal engagements.

In the past twelve months, Cinema for Peace has promoted a series of important humanitarian themes. In Los Angeles 2012, Sean Penn, George Clooney, Julia Roberts und Leonardo DiCaprio collected five million US dollars for Haiti. In 2013, Ben Affleck was awarded, in addition to the Golden Globe award, the “Humanitarian Award“ for his engagement for the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last year in Berlin, Angelina Jolie was honoured with the “Cinema for Peace Honorary Award for Opposing War and Genocide”, while Muhammad Ali received great praise for his fight for peace and humanity at the Sports for Peace Gala during the Olympic Games in London. Jaka Bizilj and his peace initiative also ensured that Ali participated at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, where he carried the Olympic flag in a procession for peace with ambassadors such as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Daniel Barenboim. With this strong statement he left the Olympic stage.

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