DISTRIBUTION & PRODUCTION
The Cinema for Peace Foundation endeavors to further peace and understanding worldwide through the support of cinematographic works. Through the involvement in the production and dissemination of films about violence, ecocide, war, poverty, the prevention of diseases (e.g. AIDS) and violations of human rights, CFPF undertakes to raise awareness about these issues worldwide, both in the first world countries as well as in the afflicted countries. Such films are supported and made accessible through the foundation as widely as possible, either directly by CFPF, or by supporting third parties in doing so.
CINEMA FOR PEACE DVD COLLECTION
CFPF is currently preparing the first installments of the Cinema for Peace DVD Collection, which shall present a number of worthwhile films within the scope of issues regarding injustice, violence, ecocide, war, poverty, the prevention of diseases like AIDS and violations of human rights.
Themba – A Boy Called Hope
CFPF is actively promoting the movie “Themba – A Boy Called Hope”. On the occasion of the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa, Cinema for Peace, in cooperation with DO Productions, staged a special screening for school children of “Themba” in Cape Town, presented by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In a truly intriguing atmosphere, the audience consisted of children of the township Masiphumelele.
On August 8th 2010 in Berlin, supported by CFPF, together with the Embassy of South Africa and German NGO „Gemeinsam für Afrika“ (“Together for Africa”), Stefanie Sycholt’s moving film was premiered in Berlin. Miss Mbuyane‐Mokone, Jaka Bizilj, Paul Bendix and Jens Lehmann presented movie, which follows a young boy’s hopes and aspirations against all obstacles, including the HIV infection of his mother and himself. The impressive film has received, even before its release already, among others, the Unicef Award, the Bernhard Wicki Award and the DGB Award.
This Prison Where I Live
Cinema for Peace rallied to enable the making of "The Prison Where I Live". Burmese comedian Zarganar, one the country’s most beloved artists, has been sentenced to 24 years in prison, after his criticism of Myanmar’s handling of the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. British filmmaker Rex Bloomstein had the opportunity to secretly interview Zarganar before his incarceration. Germany’s top comedian Michael Mittermeier became involved and travelled to Myanmar with Bloomstein to follow the traces of Zarganar. The result is an impressive and moving documentary film. Zarganar has received the Lillian Hellman and Dashiel Hammett Award from the Fund for Free Expression, a part of Human Rights Watch. In addition, he is also a recipient of the One Humanity Award, awarded by PEN Canada.
Zarganar spoke to the media about shortcomings of the relief effort by the country’s military regime, and organized private efforts to get help to cyclone victims. And he documented the great devastation caused in Burma, information which was consciously suppressed by the government of Myanmar.
Film about Aung San Suu Kyi
Cinema for Peace supports a biopic about Burmese Opposition Leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. This important film project is currently in development. Aung San Suu Kyi is one the most vivid living voices for freedom and justice in the world. She has been unjustly detained by the government of Myanmar for 14 out of the past 20 years. As General Secretary of the National League Party, she won a landslide victory in 1990, gaining 59 per cent of the vote, but was unlawfully not elected Prime Minister of Burma (Myanmar).