Cinema for Peace to honor Echo of War


COLOGNE, Germany -- Cinema for Peace, the nonprofit group that holds a star-packed gala every year during the Berlin International Film Festival, will this year present the inaugural International Human Rights Film Award.

The 2007 prize, which comes with a €5,000 ($6,510) cash award, will go to Echo of War, the Chechen peace group portrayed in Eric Bergkraut's documentary "Coca: The Dove From Chechnya" (2005).

The prize, presented together with Amnesty International's initiative Movies That Matter, will be awarded at the Cinema for Peace gala in Berlin Feb. 12.

"Coca: The Dove From Chechnya" will be screened on Feb. 11 in Berlin as part of the Movies That Matter presentation. Also screening will be James Longley's Oscar-nominated documentary "Iraq in Fragments" and "Bamako" from Abderrahmane Sissako, which looks at a case brought against the IMF and the World Bank by a group of citizens from Mali.