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Winners 2016

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

 

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

 

Berlin - The cry for support, in the name of refugees, at the Cinema for Peace Gala 2016 was internationally very well-received, especially the memorial for drowned refugees by one of the world's leading artists, Ai Weiwei, who did an installment of life-vests at the columns of the historic Konzerthaus in Berlin. 

Hundreds of dedicated filmmakers, representatives of NGOs, journalists, refugees, refugee workers, actors, artists and 40 charitable patrons joined Cinema for Peace on Monday evening at the Konzerthaus in Berlin to help and to celebrate the most valuable film contributions of the year. This year, out of respect for the refugee memorial installation at the entrance, Cinema for Peace did not have a red carpet. 

The worldwide media and public attention won for refugees, along with the donations made this year, were the highest we have seen since 2003, when Dustin Hoffman and George Clooney spoke out against the war in Iraq. The Cinema for Peace Foundation, Charlize Theron's Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) and UNHCR were able to raise 400.000 EUR for our 2016 projects. Thanks to the generous guests who attended this year's gala, The Cinema for Peace Foundation now has the opportunity to travel to Lesbos, in two weeks' time, bringing with them over 5000 rescue blankets and 1000 emergency baby kits, due to the high rate of births taking place on the boats arriving in Lesbos.

The Cinema for Peace Award for the Most Valuable Movie 2016:
The Nelson Mandela Award

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Oscar-winning actress,  Theron, and Nelson Mandela's grandson, Kweku Mandela, present the Cinema for Peace Nelson Mandela Award for the Most Valuable Movie of the Year 2016 to "Beasts of No Nation". The artist Emmanuel Jal spoke about his experience as a child soldier, the accuracy of the film and how important it is for us to empathize with the victims of global conflicts.



Cinema for Peace Award for

The Most Valuable Documentary 2016

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Nobel Peace Price Laureate, Shirin Ebadi, and the human rights activist, Gustavo Tavor, presented the award, Most Valuable Documentary of the Year 2016 to the film, "Cartel Land". The award was accepted by David Romero and Domingo Bartolo - two members of the Cheran Nation, who were the  first to stand up against violent criminal cartels and to start the revolution against their oppressive tyrants.



International Green Film Award 2016


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The Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award was presented by activist Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot and the activist artist Tomás Saraceno and went to the film, "Racing Extinction". The Award was accepted by the oscar-winning producer, Fischer Stevens.



Cinema for Peace Award for Justice 2016

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The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, presented the Cinema for Peace Justice Award to the documentary film "Watchers of the Sky". The Documentary sets out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin, the man who coined the term 'genocide'. Fatou Bensouda highlighted in her speech the importance of the medium film: "(…) Eye-opening and moving films such as those we are honoring here tonight have not only empowered victims and amplified their voices, but have brought their plight to a world audience here in Berlin and beyond. (…)”.



Cinema for Peace Award for

The Most Valuable Film on Refugees 2016

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German actress and human rights activist, Katja Riemann, presented the
Cinema for Peace Award for The Most Valuable Film on Refugees 2016 to "A Syrian Love Story". The Award was accepted by director, Sean McAllister, along with the main protagonists of the documentary, Amer and Ragdha, and their two children, Richard and Bob. The Award was initiated in order to bring global attention the unbearable situation of refugees worldwide.