Pols, rockers at peace gala


Old school politicians and rock 'n' roll dominated a heavyweight gathering to mark today's charity gala event Cinema for Peace.

Former Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev will dish out the event's inaugural International Green Film Award, aimed at celebrating achievement in filmmaking on issues of environmental and climate protection.

Leonardo DiCaprio is expected in Berlin to accept the prize for his efforts and backing in producing the documentary "The 11th Hour."

Cinema for Peace is independent of the Berlinale but staged during the festival. Founder Jaka Bizilj said there was no conflict between the events, despite the fact that Berlinale organizers asked Peace to limit its gala events.

Also rocking up Sunday was former Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters. The rock star staged Berlin's largest concerts when he put on "The Wall Concert in Berlin" in 1990. (partialdiff)