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Cinema for Peace raises 5 Million USD for Haiti

Los Angeles - Sean Penn appointed “Ambassador of Large" for Haiti on 2. anniversary of earthquake / Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Leonardo Dicaprio and Oprah Winfrey support / Bono’s guitar auctioned off for 475,000 dollars
Cinema for Peace raises 5 Million USD for Haiti

Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Julia Roberts - Cinema for Peace LA

Los Angeles, 01/15/2012 – More than 5 million USD were donated and a guitar was auctioned off for 475,000 dollars as the Cinema for Peace Los Angeles premiere exceeded all expectations on the eve of the Golden Globes and the two-year anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti.  All proceeds went to the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, which has been working to reconstruct and provide practical on site help for the victims of the earthquake.  

Actor and activist Sean Penn personally committed to the reconstruction of Haiti pointing out that considerable efforts are still necessary as the people continue to suffer under the consequences of the earthquake. The country is still dependent on donations from abroad. "Many people are still homeless, there is not enough clean drinking water and the living conditions for children are beyond bad.” Foreign minister Laurent Lamothe appointed Penn “Ambassador of Large"- special envoy to Haiti, for his efforts in the Caribbean country.

 Another highlight of the evening was the auctioning of a guitar from U2 front-man Bono, which was purchased by Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice, who also gave a stunning musical performance. A particularly exciting moment came when Oprah Winfrey delivered a video message declaring that the generous talk show host would double the donations that had been collected that evening, pledging 2.5 million dollars.

 Further messages followed from Haiti's President Martelly, former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whose Chief of Staff and Haiti manager Cheryl Mills was awarded along with mobile entrepreneur Brad Horwitz and Canadian band Arcade Fire (Grammy Award for best album of the year 2011), who donated a percentage of ticket sales for the people of Haiti. Singer Win Butler and his wife Régine Chassagne, whose parents had fled Haiti while under rule of dictator Doc Chevalier, concluded the evening with an impromptu appearance, which included the singer performing atop the dinner tables.

Hollywood made a strong appearance with a list of stars in attendance including Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Mel Gibson, Hilary Swank, Salma Hayek with Francois-Henri Pinault, Orlando Bloom, Melanie Griffith, Demi Moore, Kim Kardashian, Jeremy Irons, Luc Besson, Josh Brolin und James Gandolfini, just to name a few.  The event was hosted by comedian and actor Bill Maher, who brought the audience to tears more than once – sometimes in laughter, and sometimes out of sympathy.

In his opening speech, founder Jaka Bizilj announced the establishment of Cinema for Peace USA. The annual Cinema for Peace Gala celebrates its anniversary on February the 13th, 2012 in Berlin with Honorary Guest Angelina Jolie.

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


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