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Cinema for Peace: Monthly Trailer February

Cinema for Peace at the Munich / Cinema for Peace Los Angeles 2015 / Oscars 2015
Cinema for Peace: Monthly Trailer February

Cinema for Peace honors Amelia Boynton Robinson



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Monthly Trailer I: Cinema for Peace at the Munich Security Conference

Munich - At the Munich Security Conference heads of states, ministers and further parties meet annually to discuss existing conflicts in the world. Among the speakers this year were the President of the Ukraine Petro Poroschenko, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the foreign ministers of Russia and the USA Sergei Lawrow and John Kerry.

Cinema for Peace hosted a special occasion with former Governor  Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Munich Security Conference in order to present Climate Change as  the biggest threat to world security and to set a signal or the upcoming G7 summit in Germany this year.


Arnold Schwarzenegger called for more to be done to combat climate change, saying it is 'the issue of our time' and vowed to 'terminate climate change'.

Schwarzenegger cheered international efforts to reduce carbon emissions, but said there is no need for individual governments to wait on summits and treaty agreements. Such formal gatherings include the United Nations’ 2014 Climate Summit, which convened last September in New York City. There, President Barack Obama made public a new executive order and other government initiatives intended to combat the threat of climate change. The most significant policy was an order requiring that federal agencies acknowledge environmental sustainability when they design new international development programs.

In his speech at the Munich Security Conference, former Governor Schwarzenegger said that addressing shared environmental threats should not be a political issue. 'We should be fighting climate change right now,' he said. 'We all breathe the same air.'

Although the damaging impact of climate change is predicted to worsen in the coming century, its extreme effects are already being felt on every continent and across the world’s oceans, according to a U.N. assessment released last year. The average combined land and ocean temperatures last October were the highest on record, and the global threat will increase if leaders don’t rein in the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Watch the trailer about Arnold Schwarzenegger`s enviromental efforts and the film 'Years of Living Dangerously'.



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Monthly Trailer II: Cinema for Peace -
Berlin 2015

Nelson Mandela Award for Selma, Unbroken and Timbuktu / Natalie Portman honors Virunga/ Freedom of Expression with Charlie Hebdo, The Interview, Pussy Riot and Ai Weiwei

Berlin - Following the Charlie Hebdo tragedy Cinema for Peace Berlin 2015 set a signal for the protection of freedom of expression, the freedom of the arts and the freedom of satire, while  outstanding films were honored with the Cinema for Peace Award and the Nelson Mandela Award, which was introduced by Sir Chistopher Lee (93).

The Nelson Mandela Award for the Most Valuable Movie of the Year by Cinema for Peace was presented by
Kweku Mandela to “Selma”, “Unbroken” and “Timbuktu”. The Cinema for Peace Award for the Most Valuable Documentary of the Year was presented by Bianca Jagger to “E-Team” and “Drone”. The International Green Film Award was presented by Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman to “Virunga”. The Cinema for Peace Special Award was presented by Katja Riemann to Til Schweiger for the success of his film on Alzheimer. The Cinema for Peace Honorary Award was presented by Pussy Riot to Ai Weiwei for his outstanding work as a filmmaker and by Kweku Mandela and Nastassja Kinski to Ennio Morricone for his lifetime achievement. The Cinema for Peace Award for Justice was presented by the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Fatou Bensouda, and the Minister of Justice Heiko Maas to "Miners Shot Down" and "Three Windows and a Hanging". Bensouda said: “Ours is the age of rights consciousness where humanity no longer accepts that victims of gross human rights violations and mass crimes suffer in silence or that their perpetrators escape justice."

The team of Charlie Hebdo created a caricature for Cinema for Peace and Bianca Jagger noted: "I may not agree with all your views, but I would die for your right to express them."

At the gala the Jewish clarinettist Giora Feidman ("Schindler’s List") and Pussy Riot performed, and  Pussy Riot honored Ai Weiwei.  Ai Weiwei was presented the Cinema for Peace Honory Award for a body of work of 26 films, paying tribute to the most influential artist in the world as a critical filmmaker for human rights and justice. In his acceptance remarks by video he said: “Now I still cannot travel. My passport is not in my possession. But I think if all of us keep working to exercise our right of expression what is very essential for human rights this will not only help me but help everybody.”

Pussy Riot’s Nadja Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina said: "We had to endure two years in prison, because our country did not understand satire."

Cinema for Peace Award for the Most Valuable Movie 2015


The chronicles of the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the fance of a violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Selma tells the story of how the visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the movement, prompted change that forever altered history.

Watch the trailer!



UNBROKEN follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Luis "Louie" Zamperini. After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII he spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he is caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Zamperini is imprisoned in a camp in Tokyo, ruled by a cruel Japanese corporal who tortures him for over two years. He survives this time against all odds. Nevertheless he forgave his torturers. In January 1998, he returned to Japan when he ran a leg of the Olymic Torch  for the Winter Olymic Games in Nagano, Japan.

Watch the trailer!



Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, Kidane lives peacefully with his family untouched by the religous terror spread in the region. The people in the surrounding towns suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but reisist with dignity. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu, but their destiny changes abpruptly.

Watch the trailer!

Cinema for Peace Award for the Most Valuable Documentary 2015


When atrocities are committed in countries held hostage by ruthless dictators, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies Team), a collection of fiercely intelligent individuals hired to document war crimes and report them to the rest of the world. Within his colatile climate, the film takes us to the frontline in Syria and Libya, where shrapnel, bullet holes, and unmarked graves provide mounting evidence of coordinated attacks conducted by Bashar al-Assad and the now-deceased Muammar Gaddafi.

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In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth and home to the planet’s last remaining mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers - including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a caretaker of orphan gorillas and a dedicated conservationist - protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo's rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they've worked so hard to protect, with the filmmakers and the film’s participants caught in the crossfire.
Watch the trailer!


Cinema for Peace Award for Justice

miners.jpgMiners Shot Down

South Africa, August 2012. The Marikana mine experiences the worst episode of bloodshed since the end of apartheid. For seven days, thousands of miners are protesting for a living wage. The nonviolent demonstration is brought down through an intervention by state police forces, in which more than 30 miners are shot dead and many others injured. The director reconstructs the sequence of events through testimonies and footage of the massacre, drawing a disturbing picture of the mechanism of power in South Africa, where corportations make procits by exploiting members of society.

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threewindows.jpgThree Windows and a Hanging

THREE WINDOWS AND A HANGING is a story set in post-war Kosovo. A critcal view of a society which survived the war, won its independence but still struggles with human equality. An insightful portrait of a Balkan village, of a patriarchal microcosm and of its mayor who desperately wants to control the village life. Of husbands who feel forced to behave strong, but act against their own emotional intrest. A reflection of rituals which not only show gender inequlity, but also the absence of freedom of expression within the male community.

Watch the trailer!


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Monthly Trailer III: Cinema for Peace -
Los Angeles 2015

Cinema for Peace honors 103 year old Amelia for SELMA

and the Zamperini family for UNBROKEN in Los Angeles

Los Angeles - Cinema for Peace and the Mandela family celebrated real life heroes from the movies which had been honored in Berlin as the most valuable films of the year.

The creator and writer of the motion picture SELMA, Paul Webb, hailed America's oldest civil rights leader Amelia Boynton Robinson and read scenes from his script to show the importance of Amelia in the march which changed America - when ABC interrupted the broadcast of "The Judgment of Nuremberg" about the Holocaust nazi killers with 48 million viewers to switch live to the brutal beatings on the bridge in Alabama. President Johnson made sure that such racism, discrimination and violence would never occur again in the USA.

Without Amelia Martin Luther King and others would not have come to Selma and there would have not been this march, as acknowledged by MLKs chief of staff. 

President Barack Obama had given his personal thanks and appreciation to Amelia a month ago at the White House. Unfortunately the film director did not manage to take the opportunity to thank and greet Amelia during Oscar weekend and asked the cast not to join as she was fighting Paul Webb over screenwriting credits. Cinema for Peace will try to offer a further opportunity to do so.

The foto of Amelia, beaten unconscious, went around the world. At Cinema for Peace she celebrated her victory with Paul Webb, Kweku Mandela and the Zamperini family.

The 103 year old Amelia asked Martin Luther King to come to Alabama three times before he finally agreed. Amelia hosted King at her home and the march actually began from her office. She said that she was advised against making the trip to Los Angeles due to her age: "But I was determined to come to Los Angeles. As long as I am breathing I will be sharing our story." The situation in 1965 was terrible: "Black folks were too frightened, white folks were too cruel, but I knew that this march was the way to change".

Amelia reported how she brought Martin Luther King to Selma and she spoke of her parents who told her "to hold your head high, you are the descendants of kings and queens". Amelia said: "There is no room for hate in a heart. There should only be room for love and for forgiveness."

Amelia was beaten and arrested by sheriff Clarke and she was nearly beaten to death during the march, but she forgave her tormentors and she visited years later the funeral of sheriff Clarke.

Amelia reported at the Cinema for Peace luncheon at Soho House Los Angeles how they were put in jail and started singing the song as 50 years ago in prison: "We are here Lord, we are here. We are here Lord, we are here..." - the hymn of Kumbaya.

Louis Zamperini's comeback in Japan - and his family at the Cinema for Peace celebration with Kweku Mandela.

Kweku Mandela presented a further Nelson Mandela Award to the family of Louis Zamperini. Angelina Jolie's UNBROKEN tells the story of Louis Zamperini, the the resilience of the human spirit" and how Louis survived some 50 days on the open sea, white threatened by the sun, sharks, attacking planes and dehydration, and after his rescue years of brutal torture by the Japanese as a prisoner of war. There was a strong family's resemblance in the room, as Louis son Luke, daughter Cynthia and a grandson took the stage. Luke thanked for celebrating the legacy of his father. The films producer Matt Baer spoke of the honor to produce a film about such a legendary man.

The film UNBROKEN shows at the end real life footage of how Zamperini forgave his torturers and ran with the Olympic torch at the age of 80 in Japan in an act of reconciliation.

Read more about Cinema for Peace Los Angeles and Amelia Boynton Robinson in the Huffington Post.


More coverage on

The actual story of how the Bloody Sunday coverage reached the public is more interesting and helps explain why that footage galvanized citizens, legislators, and commentators. On Sunday March 7, ABC's news division made the consequential decision to break in to the network's prime time programming to show the Pettus Bridge horror. Just like today, Sunday night was the biggest night for TV watching. And ABC had a very special draw for viewers: a broadcast of the high profile motion picture with a star-studded cast of Hollywood luminaries, "Judgment at Nuremberg." The film dealt with the Holocaust and the moral culpability of Germans in the genocide of Jews. Approximately 48 million people tuned in. Even in those days of only three networks, news programming did not garner those kinds of viewer numbers.

Alabama state troopers wearing masks round up stragglers in a heavy cloud of tear gas after breaking up a civil rights voter registration march in Selma, Ala., March 7, 1965. (AP Photo)

Shortly after the film started, ABC interrupted the film with its report from Selma. The juxtaposing of a narrative about Nazi brutality towards victimized Jews with footage of Southern segregationist brutality against victimized blacks was incredibly powerful. Numerous commentators made the inevitable comparisons in the following days, making already powerful footage resonate even more forcefully.

One of Selma's attributes is its highlighting of various leaders and individuals associated with the Selma campaign, especially women: Amelia Boynton, Diane Nash, Annie Lee Cooper. While the film focuses on King, it doesn't do so to the exclusion of these and other key figures. Annie Lee Cooper, a foot soldier in the Selma struggle and largely unknown before DuVernay's film, is now almost a household name mostly because Oprah Winfrey portrays her. In her depiction, Cooper calmly and with tired dignity attempts to register, answering increasingly difficult legalistic questions only to be summarily denied in one of the film's opening scenes.

Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijima / Atsushi Nishijima

Cooper notoriously walloped the racist Dallas County sheriff Jim Clark who used all the means at his disposal to harass and abuse black citizens attempting to register. A photo of her confrontation with Clark splashed over the front pages of newspapers. While the New York Times' caption noted that Cooper had hit the sheriff, the image conveys a message of white violence and police brutality.

Mississippi Burning

"Mississippi Burning" (1998) provided the Hollywood template for this way of telling the civil rights story. Two white FBI agents come to the rescue of brutalized black victims of segregationist racism in the Magnolia State following the 1964 murder of civil rights workers based on James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. 

Watch the Trailer!

Ghosts of Mississippi

In "Ghosts of Mississippi" (1996), a heroic white district attorney finally brings the assassin of Medgar Evers to trial and conviction.

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The Help

"The Help" (2011) gave us another white savior in the civil rights years, also in Mississippi, providing the means by which black domestics can give voice to their oppressive conditions. 

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Fifty years later, "Selma" asks audiences to embrace blacks as active agents, not victims to be rescued by privileged whites. The film implicitly challenges the sentiment encapsulated in Hillary Clinton's much discussed declaration in 2008 that "Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act. It took a president to get it done." 

LBJ was certainly important to the passage of the legislation, but Clinton's quote suggests King was merely a dreamer and that there were no activists organizing and pushing and demanding and forcing change. Selma provides a powerful corrective to fifty years of media representations that, while well-meaning, have given Americans a rather limited understanding of who made the civil rights movement a revolution. As Common puts it in "Glory," the film's stirring theme song: "Glory is destined/Everyday women and men become legends."

Obama’s audacity of hope

President greets 103-year-old civil rights legend Amelia Boynton Robinson with Rep. Terri Sewell.



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Monthly Trailer IV: Oscars 2015

Unprecedented Political Activism at Oscars: Cinema for Peace, Compassion, Justice and Equality

Los Angeles - At this years Academy Awards there were plenty of references to racial justice during the ceremony and humanitarian issues mentioned in acceptance speeches ranged from suicide to Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's disease to equality for women. 

The award season is also an opportunity for fundraising for relevant causes. The three most prominent occasions were Elton John's Academy Awards viewing party, Jeffrey Katzenbergs "The Night Before" and "Help Haiti Home" on the night before the Golden Globes, which has been created by Cinema for Peace for Sean Penn.


Sean Penn defied the stupidity of misunderstood political correctness with a joke about green cards when he  presented the Oscar for best picture to his friend Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman. Penn: "Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?"

Inarritu, who is Mexican, hugged Penn warmly, and joked that the U.S. government might now impose immigration rules on the Academy:"Two Mexicans in a row, that's suspicious." Alfonso Cuaron, another Mexican director, won an Oscar for "Gravity" last year. On a serious note, he hoped that "the last generation of immigrants...can be treated with the same dignity and respect of the ones who came before and built this incredible immigrant nation."

Watch the Trailer for BIRDMAN!


In accepting the award for best actress for "Still Alice," Julianne Moore said the movie shines a light on Alzheimer's, saying, "People with Alzheimer's deserve to be seen." She also noted that Richard Glatzer, who directed and wrote it with Wash Westmoreland, has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Watch the Trailer for STILL ALICE!

Eddie Redmayne, accepting the best actor award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything," said: "This Oscar belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS."

Watch the Trailer for THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING!


Graham Moore, who won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for "The Imitation Game," said in his acceptance speech that he had tried to kill himself as a teenager.

"When I was 16, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong," he said. "I would like this moment to be for the kid out there who feels like she's weird and different and feels like she doesn't belong. ... Yes, you do."

Backstage, Moore said he saw the public moment as a rare opportunity for a writer and figured that "I might as well use it to say something meaningful."

Earlier in the ceremony, Dana Perry mentioned that her son had killed himself. Perry made her comments in accepting the Oscar for best short documentary for "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1."

"We should talk about suicide out loud," she said.

Watch the Trailer for THE IMITATION GAME!


Laura Poitras used part of her speech accepting the award for best documentary for "Citizenfour" to note that "the disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don't only expose threats to our privacy but to our democracy."

But when the camera went back to Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris, he was quick to make a reference to the controversy surrounding Snowden: "The subject of 'Citizenfour' couldn't be here for some treason."

Snowden is living in Russia to avoid arrest in the USA. His supporters think he's a hero; critics think he's a traitor.

Watch the Trailer for CITIZENFOUR!


Meryl Streep leapt to her feet cheering, pointing and shouting, "Yes! Yes!" as Patricia Arquette ended her Oscar acceptance speech with a call for women's rights and equality.


John Legend used his acceptance speech for best original song ("Glory" from the movie "Selma") to explain that a movie about a pivotal moment in the civil rights struggle of 50 years was relevant today."We say Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now," Legend said. "We know that the voting rights, the act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you that we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on."

Watch the Trailer for SELMA!

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