Cinema for Peace to honor Mikhail Gorbachev

Berlin charity group to host event on Nov. 8

COLOGNE, Germany -- Berlin's Cinema for Peace charity group will honor former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev at a dinner Nov. 8, the eve of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The event will include a screening of Wolfgang Becker's tragicomedy "Goodbye, Lenin!" which looks at the events of the fall of the wall and German reunification. Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Raisa Gorbachev Memorial Institute, a cancer-fighting NGO set up in honor of the president's late wife, who died of leukemia in 1999.

Cinema for Peace is best known for its annual celebrity charity dinner, held during the Berlin Film Festival, where it honors political-activist cinema. Next year's event will focus on Africa, tensions in Iran and the plight of refuges worldwide.