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‘’It is one nation.’’/ Fall of the Berlin Wall anniversary with symposium on the Cold War
Gorbachev warns of terrible bloodshed

Leonardo DiCaprio is awarded the International Green Film Award by Mikhail Gorbachev 2009

‘’It is one nation.’’/ Fall of the Berlin Wall anniversary with symposium on the Cold War

Moscow/Berlin, September 3rd 2014 - Can a new Cold War be avoided? The threat of military escalation in Ukraine has raised fears of a relapse to the era before Gorbachev, when East and West faced each other with nuclear deterrence. ‘’We could get to a horrible bloodshed in Europe,’’ said Gorbachev on the weekend with regards to Ukraine, which is in danger of breaking apart.

The Cinema for Peace Foundation and Gorbachev‘s New Policy Forum will align in Berlin with politicians, conflict and peace researchers and dedicated artists for the Symposium ‚‘The World 25 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall - New Crisis, New Doubts, New Walls‘‘ on November 8&9. The symposium will discuss such question as „From Cold War I to Cold War II - what went wrong?“ and possible solutions.

The New Policy Forum is one of the most modern think tanks in Russia. Cinema for Peace uses the medium of film to promote peaceful conflict resolution and intercultural understanding. On the subject of Russia, Cinema for Peace co-produced the award-winning film ‘’Letter to Anna’’ about Anna Politkoskaya and invited the group „Pussy Riot“ to the Olympic Games in Sochi, Hollywood, Brussels and Washington. Currently the Cinema for Peace Foundation is organizing screenings in Eastern Ukraine of the movie „Inseparable“, which deals with love and understanding between Ukrainians and Russians.

Those responsible for the End of the First Cold War, Gorbachev, Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Miklos Nemeth among others, will come together on the weekend of the Fall of the Berlin Wall to discuss solutions with scientists and decision makers on how to prevent a Second Cold War.
Gorbachev will be supported by directors and artists such as Uma Thurman and Leonardo DiCaprio, with whom he introduced the so-called „Green Oscar“ at the Cinema for Peace Gala. Among the artists who are supporting Gorbachev is also Tom Hanks, who will be shooting a Cold War thriller in Berlin and who is developing a film about Mikhail Gorbachev. In the past, many representatives in the world of film like Steven Spielberg and George Clooney as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone have joined Gorbachev in his mission.

Gorbachev currently criticized that despite several announcements no humanitarian corridors for civilians have been established in the war zones of eastern Ukraine. Schools and hospitals were destroyed: „Everything must be done to ensure that the mutual killing stops; it is one nation.“ said Gorbachev. The United Nations, the EU and the conflict parties themselves are entitled to take on a crucial role in conflict resolution, emphasized the politician.

The symposium does not only intend to discuss solutions for this current crisis, but also to discuss fundamental reforms to develop international mechanisms to avoid wars and conflicts. Germany and chancellor Angela Merkel may have the opportunity to take a lead with the German G7-presidency in 2015.

For the last G8 summit in Germany, when Putin was still a respected member, Cinema for Peace produced with Richard Curtis („Mr. Bean“, „Notting Hill“) the primetime movie ‘’Suddenly Gina’’ starring Jan Josef Liefers, Catherine Deneuve and Iris Berben as chancellor, who campaigns for specific peace measures worldwide.

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