Winners of the Cinema for Peace Awards 2016
The winner of the Mandela Award 'Most Valuable Movie of the Year' is BEASTS OF NO NATION, which is an incredible film about child soldiers, how it all begins and how someone so pure can be manipulated and motivated to do so much evil bidding. There to receive the award were Tony Tagoe and Danny Damah, two of the producers of the film.
The 'Green Oscar' was awarded to RACING EXTINCTION-- the story of a team of activists and artists who uncover mind-blowing facts that can't help changing the way we appreciate and use the planet. There to accept the award was Fisher Stevens, who gave a motivating pep talk about how each of us should make a small effort on a regular basis to be a little bit more environmentally friendly and it will already make a huge difference.
A SYRIAN LOVE STORY by Sean McAllister won the Refugee Award for its visceral portrayal of a family born into and torn apart by the revolution. McAllister takes us into the depths of the family's journey to political freedom with this phenomenal documentary. The family of protagonists along with McAllister were there to receive the award and speak about their experience.
The Justice Award went to WATCHERS OF THE SKY, a tremendous film, which deals with the issue of genocide and reminds everyone of the man who created the term 'genocide': Raphael Lemkin. Kerr Propper received the award for the film that poses the question: 'Why is mass murder less of a crime than an individual murder?'
The Award for 'Most Valuable Documentary of Year' went to CARTEL LAND directed by Matthew Heineman, which tells the story of the vigilante resistance against the drug cartels in Mexico. David Romero and Domingo Bartolo were there to receive the award on behalf of all who were helped in the making of this film.