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Film Review: Aqerat (2017) by Edmund Yeo

Winner of the Best Director Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival, Edmund Yeo’s second feature is a truly strong film that deals with the trouble of the Rohingya, a stateless Indo-Aryan people from Rakhine State, Myanmar.

“Aqerat” is screening at Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival

According to Human Rights Watch, the 1982 laws “effectively deny to the Rohingya the possibility of acquiring a nationality. Despite being able to trace Rohingya history to the 8th century, Myanmar law does not recognize the ethnic minority as one of the eight “national indigenous races.” They are also restricted from freedom of movement, state education and civil service jobs. The legal conditions faced by the Rohingya in Myanmar have been widely compared to apartheid, by many international academics, analysts and political figures, including Desmond Tutu, a famous South African anti-apartheid activist. Un officials and Hrw have described Myanmar’s persecution of the Rohingya as ethnic cleansing.
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We Are Family Foundation To Honor Roger Daltrey Cbe And LL Cool J

We Are Family Foundation (Waff) will honor The Who’s Roger Daltrey Cbe and entertainment icon LL Cool J at its 2018 Celebration Gala on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

Waff is a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary multiple Grammy Award winning musician Nile Rodgers, dedicated to the vision of a global family. Waff creates and supports programs that promote cultural diversity while nurturing the vision, talents and ideas of young people who are positively changing the world.

“Not only are both Roger and LL Cool J Kennedy Center and Grammy Awardees, they’ve dedicated much of their lives to organizations that benefit people overall, and youth specifically, which perfectly aligns them with We Are Family Foundation’s mission and goals. These two incredibly talented individuals are selflessly dedicated to helping others. We are immensely grateful to them for their efforts to improve the state of
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Film Review: ‘The Forgiven’

Film Review: ‘The Forgiven’
It’s 20 years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded in South Africa, ending — and in other ways just beginning — a country’s most cathartic and story-rich period of reckoning with its violent history of racial segregation. Anyone who was there at the time will remember the startling, sometimes sick-making, power of the testimonies and apologies that emerged through its broadcast hearings: It was an emotional rinse cycle that no film on the subject, least of all one made principally by outsiders, has fully managed to convey. Following very much in the heavy footsteps of such well-meaning, miscast misfires as John Boorman’s “In My Country” and Tom Hooper’s “Red Dust,” Roland Joffé’s drab, vigourless “The Forgiven” at least gives the Commission’s heroic chairman, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, his due by placing him front and center in its history — though it’s debatable whether Forest Whitaker’s glazed
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Leonardo DiCaprio Speaks At Postcode Lottery Gala In Amsterdam

On Thursday February 15th, Leonardo DiCaprio spoke as special guest at the Postcode Lottery charity gala in Amsterdam on behalf of Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

After addressing the audience filled with leaders from environmental and humanitarian organizations around the world, Leonardo was surprised to be presented with a check for €900,000 for his Foundation to support their efforts to address climate change and protect biodiversity. Leonardo will also serve as an international ambassador for the Postcode Lottery. He joins individuals such as Bill Clinton, Richard Branson, George Clooney, Desmond Tutu and Rafael Nadal in supporting the Lottery’s mission for a green, fair world.

“I want to thank Postcode Lottery for having me and my Foundation here tonight,” said Leonardo during a speech. "It’s an honor to be partnering with an organization that shares our values and sees the deep connection between protecting the environment and ensuring the well-being of people and our very future.
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Movie Review – The Forgiven (2018)

The Forgiven, 2018.

Directed by Roland Joffe.

Starring Forest Whitaker, Eric Bana, Jeff Gum, Morne Visser, Terry Norton, Rob Gough, and Debbie Sherman.

Synopsis:

After the end of Apartheid, Archbishop Desmond Tutu meets with a brutal murderer seeking redemption.

Forgiveness is already a difficult process even if the results can offer inner healing and build towards communal peace, and it’s that dynamic within The Forgiven (directed by Roland Joffe and based on the play The Archbishop and the Antichrist written by Michael Ashton) that makes for riveting material. Appointed as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa following the democratic election of Nelson Mandela, Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker enters the religious garments of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, finding himself caught up in the investigation of a young teenage girl while feeling summoned to the penitentiary housing Piet Blomfeld (Eric Bana), a murderous racially and politically motivated criminal
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Forest Whitaker & Eric Bana in Official Trailer for 'The Forgiven' Drama

"He'll try and destroy you." Saban Films has debuted an official trailer for a powerful indie film titled The Forgiven, featuring two riveting performances in a tense thriller based on real events. Forest Whitaker stars as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who meets with a brutal criminal in a maximum security prison seeking redemption. Eric Bana plays the prisoner, Piet Blomfeld, a notorious murderer seeking clemency. The cast also includes Jeff Gum, Morné Visser, Terry Norton, Rob Gough, and Debbie Sherman. The real Desmond Tutu commented on the film: "This timely, compelling and intelligent film, movingly, and above all humanely, captures what it felt like to be working with those selfless members of the Trc who strove, often against the odds, to help bring both truth and reconciliation to the ordinary people of South Africa." Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Roland Joffé's The Forgiven, direct from YouTube: When Archbishop
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Prince William Names J.K. Rowling Royal Companion of Honor

J.K. Rowling is now a royal Companion of Honor!

The Harry Potter author was granted the prestigious title by Prince William at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, saying she was "deeply honored and proud" to receive the honor, which is limited to 65 people "of distinction" at any one time.

"To be included in the distinguished and diversely talented company of the other Companions of Honor, especially as a female writer, is a particular privilege," added Rowling, who was honored for her services to literature and philanthropy.

The decoration comes nearly 20.5 years after the U.K. release of the first novel in her best-selling fantasy series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. In 2001, she also received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, for services to children's literature.

Rowling -- chic in a head-to-toe blue ensemble with a freshly painted red manicure -- seemed to be in good spirits while accepting the medal
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Spotlight: The Elders's Celebrity Supporters

Based on an initiative by Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela announced the formation of The Elders in July 2007 in Johannesburg on the occasion of his 89th birthday. Members of The Elders are: Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Brundtland, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu (Chair).

The Elders are a group of global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who use their collective experience and influence to promote peace, justice and human rights worldwide.

They include the former holders of some of the world’s most important and demanding posts, and individuals with an extraordinary track record on peace-making, reconciliation and social change.

Independent of government and no longer holding public office, the Elders are helping tackle some of the world’s most intractable problems, through both private advocacy and public work.

The Elders work strategically, focusing on areas
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Clare Stewart on the London Fest as Awards Launch Pad, and Films on Social Issues

Clare Stewart on the London Fest as Awards Launch Pad, and Films on Social Issues
Clare Stewart is the Australian who has breathed new life into the BFI London Film Festival. Her tenure as festival director has seen the scope of the event broadened beyond Central London theaters to neighborhoods throughout the capital and across the rest of Britain. The festival’s spot on the calendar has also recently turned it into a prime platform for launching Oscar campaigns, as with “Moonlight,” which was in competition in London last year.

The 61st edition of the festival opens Wednesday evening with Andrew Garfield-starrer “Breathe” (pictured). Variety spoke to Stewart about what to expect this year and how Lff has evolved.

Q: How does Lff fit into the calendar of events, how important is its place as a launchpad for a run at the Oscars?

London is home to a lot of voting Academy members and the BAFTAs. In very real terms we have articulated the benefit of screening at the festival and
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Spotlight: Pencils of Promise's Celebrity Supporters

Pencils of Promise builds schools in the developing world and trains socially conscious young leaders to take action at home and abroad.

Celebrity supporters

Pencils of Promise has 11 known supporters, including Justin Bieber, Desmond Tutu, and Sophia Bush

Areas of work PovertyEducation Read more about Pencils of Promise's work and celebrity supporters. Related articles Justin Bieber Makes Promises For CharityJustin Bieber Joins Usher's New Look For CharityGet The Clothes Off Justin Bieber's Back For CharityJustin Bieber Celebrates Charity SuccessDoSomething.org's Top 20 2010 Celebrity Charity Champions

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Sundance Review: ‘Winnie’ Presents a Duality to an Infamous Political Figure

It’s difficult to truly capture a controversial subject in film. For a figure such as Winnie Madikizela Mandela, it may be impossible unless you ensure her perspective is included. This is a woman labeled terrorist by many countries, a wife who “tarnished” her heroic husband’s legacy. Yet the people of South Africa hail her as Nelson Mandela‘s equal—maybe greater. She was the on-the-ground leader of the African National Congress (Anc) when he and others were imprisoned or exiled, the one person who put her fist up in opposition without fear. She saw the carnage and violence first-hand and taught South Africans to match that level of brutality in order to survive. Outside the filter of her oppressors’ smear campaigns to criminalize her actions, Winnie was a general.

This duality between “Mother of the Nation” and “war criminal” is what interested director Pascale Lamche. What if she
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Winnie’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Winnie’
There may be no life in South African politics more narratively riveting than that of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Her ex-husband Nelson may have the more grandly heroic arc, having endured 27 years in captivity to bring democracy to his nation, but her parallel story — one that includes triumph, disgrace and exile, the worshipful embrace of one population sector and the moral disgust of another, complete with a still-disputed murder mystery — is the stuff of true cinema. Though she has met with mixed fortunes on the biopic front over the years, a dedicated feature-length documentary on her is long overdue — making Pascale Lamche’s “Winnie,” which features rare and extensive first-hand testimony from the lady herself, something of an event. It’s a shame, then, that “Winnie” gradually reveals itself to be rather a specious work, unabashedly one-sided in its adherence to the “mother of the nation” line pushed by her admirers, and
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Afm: Saban Picks Up Roland Joffe's 'The Forgiven,' Starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana

Afm: Saban Picks Up Roland Joffe's 'The Forgiven,' Starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana
Roland Joffe's upcoming drama about South African icon Desmond Tutu has found a North American home. Saban Films on Monday announced it has acquired domestic rights to The Forgiven, starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. Co-written by Oscar-winner Joffe and Michael Ashton and based on Ashton’s play The Archbishop and The Antichrist, the drama follows Archbishop Tutu’s (Whitaker) work as President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa and his struggle with a brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over concession and redemption. The film is currently in production. { "nid": 942417, "type": "news", "title":

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AFM: Forest Whitaker-Eric Bana Drama ‘The Forgiven’ Bought by Saban

AFM: Forest Whitaker-Eric Bana Drama ‘The Forgiven’ Bought by Saban
Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Roland Joffé’s South African drama “The Forgiven,” starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana.

Joffe is directing from a script he co-wrote with Michael Ashton based on Ashton’s play “The Archbishop and The Antichrist.” Whitaker portrays Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as in post-apartheid South Africa and his struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana).

The film is currently in production. Wme Global handled North American rights, with 13 Films handling international sales at the upcoming American Film Market.

Joffe, whose credits include “The Killing Fields” and “The Scarlet Letter,” is also producing with Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten (“Hook,” “Shattered Glass”) and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light & Dark Films, with financing being provided by The Fyzz Facility.

Saban FilmsBill Bromiley said: “The depth in ‘The Forgiven’ is unnerving, something Roland Joffé is known for. Whitaker and Bana’s history of
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Us Briefs: Amazon Studios to co-finance, distribute 'Brad's Status'

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Us Briefs: Amazon Studios to co-finance, distribute 'Brad's Status'
Amazon Studios will co-finance the dramatic comedy with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (Ske) and distribute in North America.

Sierra/Affinity will introduce to international buyers at the Afm this week.

Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson and Jenna Fischer have joined Ben Stiller and Austin Abrams on Brad’s Status, which Mike White is currently shooting about a father who still harbours feelings of jealousy towards his old school friends.Ske, Plan B and Dave Bernad are producing.

Saban Films has picked up North American rights from Wme Global to Roland Joffé’s drama The Forgiven starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. 13 Films represents international rights at the Afm. Joffé and Michael Ashton adapted The Forgiven from Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist, about Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as president of the Truth And Reconciliation Commission in post-Apartheid South Africa. The film is currently in production and Joffé produces alongside Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat
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Us Briefs: Saban Films acquires 'The Forgiven'

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The distributor has picked up North American rights from Wme Global to Roland Joffé’s drama starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. 13 Films represents international rights at the Afm.

Joffé and Michael Ashton adapted The Forgiven from Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist, about Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as president of the Truth And Reconciliation Commission in post-Apartheid South Africa.

The story charts Tutu’s struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld, played by Bana, over issues of redemption. The film is currently in production.

Joffé produced the film alongside Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light & Dark Films. The Fyzz Facility provides financing.

Ddi has acquired worldwide sales rights to the comedy Ripped starring stand-up comic Russell Peters, Faizon Love, Kyle Massey and Alex Meneses. Brad Epstein’s feature directorial debut centres on two stoners who fast forward 30 years to 2016 after smoking top-secret CIA pot. Epstein produced
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Eric Bana To Star Opposite Forest Whitaker In Desmond Tutu Pic ‘The Forgiven’

Eric Bana To Star Opposite Forest Whitaker In Desmond Tutu Pic ‘The Forgiven’
Exclusive: Eric Bana has just signed on to The Forgiven, the adaptation of Michael Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist about Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Forest Whitaker is already aboard to play Tutu, with Roland Joffé directing the script he co-wrote with Ashton. The drama centers on Tutu’s work as president of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and his struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over concession and…
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Forest Whitaker Will Be In Marvel's Black Panther

Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of Marvel StudiosBlack Panther. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), has also added Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba to an all-star lineup that includes Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, ruler of Wakanda, and Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, plus Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia and Danai Gurira as Okoye, members of the fierce Dora Milaje.

Whitaker (Roots, Lee DanielsThe Butler, The Last King of Scotland) will play the role of Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda. Whitaker appears in this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as fringe Rebel leader Saw Gerrera, and he’ll be seen in The Forgiven as famed activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Head of the Turth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa.

Kasumba will reprise her Captain America: Civil War role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje.
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Black Panther Gets Forest Whitaker as Wakanda Statesman Zuri

Black Panther Gets Forest Whitaker as Wakanda Statesman Zuri
Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of Marvel Studios' Black Panther. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), has also added Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba to an all-star lineup that includes Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, ruler of Wakanda, and Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, plus Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia and Danai Gurira as Okoye, members of the fierce Dora Milaje.

Whitaker (Roots, Lee Daniels' The Butler, The Last King of Scotland) will play the role of Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda. Whitaker appears in this year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as fringe Rebel leader Saw Gerrera, and he'll be seen in The Forgiven as famed activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Head of the Turth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa. Kasumba will reprise her Captain America: Civil War role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje.
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