Ai Weiweis refugee vest installation at Cinema for Peace Berlin this year
Cinema for Peace
Since after 9/11 the non-profit organization Cinema for Peace has been aiming to influence through films the perception and resolution of global, social, political and humanitarian challenges of our time. In recent years, Cinema for Peace has supported a number of important causes with help of artists like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and personalities such as the Dalai Lama, Muhammad Ali, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev and the former Honorary Patron Nelson Mandela.
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations: “Let me applaud Cinema for Peace. Every time you and our friends from the creative community reach out to help people to learn about human rights and justice, you help the United Nations to keep the peace.”
The Cinema for Peace Foundation and The Peace, Justice and Security Foundation hosted a Gala on September 2016 to promote human rights, justice and security, where more than 120 international celebrities, senior UN and international justice luminaries as well as victims of genocide and war raise their voices against discrimination, xenophobia and oppression around the world.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein for the first time publicly urged for drawing a line against the demagogues in power and those hoping to be in power. He lashed out at “populists, demagogues and fantasists” exploiting economic hardship and social tensions "to fan racial and religious prejudice” and specifically called out Wilders, Trump, Orban, Zeman, Hofer, Fico, Marine Le Pen and Farage for having something in common with Da’esh (ISIS). “Recovering a supposedly perfect past is fiction” he states, “populists use half-truths and oversimplifications” so “their followers, can feel somehow blameless”. The High Commissioner accused U.S. Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump amongst others of spreading "humiliating racial and religious prejudice" and warned about a rise of populist politics that could turn violent.
UN rights chief slams populists, warns of bigotry (The Guardian)