MONTREAL, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The legendary HARRY BELAFONTE will receive the Montreal International Black Film Festival's 2012 HUMANITARIAN PRIZE on opening night, Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at Cinéma Impérial, at
7 p.m. The MIBFF is granting Belafonte this award for his amazing
contributions to the Civil Rights Movements as well as for his
incredible selfless and dedicated efforts in addressing injustice and
inequality in whatever form they took, even at the risk of his own
wellbeing. In other words, for making the world a much better place.
"It is a tremendous honour and a real privilege for all of us to welcome
the living legend, Harry Belafonte, to Montreal and to honour him with the very first Montreal
International Black Film Festival's 2012 Humanitarian Prize. Giving him
this award is also an excellent way for us to recognize the true value
of his spirit that goes far beyond the Award-winning singer and movie
star everyone knows. His constant fight for human rights have allowed
people from all over the world to believe, hope, break down barriers
and achieve great things," said Fabienne Colas, president and founder of the MIBFF.
The tribute to Harry Belafonte on September 19 will be followed by the screening of the opening film,
Darrell Roodt's WINNIE, presented by Global Montreal, co-produced by Equinoxe Films and
starring Oscar- and Grammy-award-winning Jennifer Hudson and
Oscar-nominated Terrence Howard.
A VERY SPECIAL EVENING WITH HARRY BELAFONTE
The following day, Thursday, September 20, Mr. Belafonte is pleased to answer questions from the public following the special
presentation of Susanne Rostock's bio-pic Sing your Song, which retraces the defining moments of Belafonte's life as an
activist, singer and actor. This event will take place at Concordia
University (Room H-110) at 7 p.m.
"The Montreal International Black Film Festival is more than just a
festival. It exposes viewers to international Black realities through
cinema and other forms of expression. We want the festival to be a place of inspiration, motivation and
development for filmmakers, but also for individuals who want to
further their professional and personal lives," stated Emile
Castonguay, Programming Director and co-founder of the Festival.
HARRY BELAFONTE - BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Award-winning Harry Belafonte is as well-known for his social activism
and pursuit of social justice as he is for his acting and musical
talent. His album "Calypso" made him the first artist in history to
sell more than one million LPs. He won a Tony award for his Broadway
debut in "John Murray Anderson Almanac" and an Emmy for "An Evening
with Belafonte," in which he was also the first Black network
television producer. He was also awarded the National Medal for the
Arts by President Clinton.
He has been equally recognized in the social justice arena, with honors
such as The Albert Einstein Award from Yeshiva University, the Martin
Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize, and the Nelson Mandela Courage Award as
well as awards from the American Jewish Congress, the NAACP, the City
of Hope, Fight for Sight, The Urban League, The National Conference of
Black Mayors, the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, the ACLU, the
State Department, the Boy Scouts of America, Hadassah International and
the Peace Corps.
Over the decades, Mr. Belafonte has worked with Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr., President John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, and was the driving
force behind the 1985 "We Are the World" project to help people
affected by war, drought, and famine in Africa. He has served as a
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is a recipient of the prestigious
Kennedy Center Honors for excellence in the performing arts. He
currently resides in New York City with his wife Pamela, and has four
children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchild.
The 8th annual MIBFF will take place from September 19 to 30, 2012, and is
brought to you by Global Montreal!
About the Montreal International Black Film Festival - MIBFF
The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) was created in
2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cinema, art and culture.
The mission of the Montreal International Black Film Festival is to
stimulate the development of the independent film industry and to
foster the creation of films on international Black realities. The
Festival wants to promote a different kind of cinema: cinema from both
here and abroad that doesn't always make it to the silver screen. We
showcase groundbreaking cinema that both moves and shocks us, all while
raising awareness. MIBFF films deal with issues and raise questions
that are at once provocative, funny, perplexing and shocking. Join us
for a fresh look at Black cinema from all four corners of the globe! www.montrealblackfilm.com.
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