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Jolie receives peace prize at Berlinale for her directorial debut

American actress Angelina Jolie won the Cinema For Peace prize for her directorial debut on the Bosnian war; Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradie was among the jury

Reuters and Ahram Online, Tuesday 14 Feb 2012
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Mohamed El Baradei applauds next to Angelina Jolie at the "Cinema for Peace 2012" charity gala during the 62nd Berlinale film festival in Berlin. Photo: (Reuters)
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Hollywood star Angelina Jolie picked up an award in Berlin, receiving late on Monday the Cinema For Peace prize, which goes to filmmakers that promote the values of humanity.

She has showcased her hard-hitting Bosnian war drama, In the Land of Blood and Honey, at this year's festival, and was on the red carpet with partner, Brad Pitt. ahead of receiving the prize.

"This award ... is not just so we have a film that looks back, but a cast and a project that look forward to a more prosperous future in the region, and that is what we all really want," Jolie told Reuters.

Jolie received the award from Egyptian former presidential candidate and former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general Mohamed ElBaradei, who was among the jury of the Cinema for Peace section in this year’s Berlinale.

Referring to the Arab Spring in the Cinema for Peace 2012 charity gala, ElBaradie said that the culture of fear will not return.

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