For Immediate Release
Award-winning Filmmaker Bela Tarr Joins Cine Foundation International’s Board of Directors
(London, England, January 7, 2011). Award-winning Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr, director of the films Werckmeister Harmonies, Sátántangó and most recently The Man From London, has joined the Board of Directors of London and Paris-based human rights organisation and non-profit film company Cine Foundation International.
FILMS FOR JAFAR PANAHI
On January 3, 2011, the Foundation announced the launch of their first project; a campaign of films, screenings and public actions calling for the release of imprisoned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi. On the 20th of December 2010 Panahi, internationally acclaimed film director and outspoken supporter of the Green Movement in Iran, was sentenced to six years in prison with a twenty-year ban on making or directing any movies, writing screenplays, giving any form of interview with Iranian or foreign media, or leaving the country.
Cine Foundation is launching a campaign of protest films and screening/broadcast events, calling for the release of Jafar Panahi and to highlight human rights in Iran and parallel situations elsewhere in the world
The campaign will be spearheaded by 6 commissioned feature-length films and 20 short films, examining a global relationship to ideas of nation, self, other, identity, spiritual culture, imprisonment, censorship, regime, protest and human rights.
Cine Foundation International is a humanitarian cinema organization, a non-profit film company and a human rights NGO. It was founded late November 2010 by filmmakers Tobias Morgan and Jesse Richards and critic Blue Un Sok Kim, and launched on the 10th December 2010 (Human Rights Day) with one stated objective— ‘To empower open consciousness through cinema.’
The Foundation produces films, coordinates video and broadcast projects, and takes direct actions in the protection and promotion of human rights, particularly on behalf of those affected by poverty, exploitation, conflict or imprisonment.
As member of the Board of Directors, Bela Tarr will be actively involved in the production and shaping of Cine Foundation projects and policy.
At any given time, the Foundation is directly involved in the production of films, videos, documentaries, reportage, live broadcasts, script development, screenings, microfestivals, distribution, public space projections and the creation of temporary and emergency broadcast networks, potentially in war-torn, economically or environmentally devastated areas internationally.
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