The Club of Budapest are proud to announce that the winner of the Club of Budapest Worldshift Ethic Film Award Cannes 2009 goes to the movie Soldiers of Peace www.soldierofpeacethemovie.com
The philosophy of the Club of Budapest is based on the realization that the enormous challenges that humanity is currently facing can only be overcome through the development of a global cultural consciousness.
The Club of Budapest invited a team of jurors from around the world to attend Cannes Film Festival to identify feature documentaries that address the global issues that we face here on the planet.
Members of The Club of Budapest include
Scientist / Philosopher / Founder & President of The Club of Budapest / Author of WorldShift 2012
Physician, Spiritual Leader
Archbishop Desmond TUTU
Spiritual Leader / Nobel Peace Laureate
Economist / Nobel Peace Laureate
Opinion Leader / Statesman
Economist / Activist
The XIVth DALAI LAMA
Spiritual Leader / Nobel Peace Laureate
Soldiers of Peace gives us an uplifting look at the current geopolitical state of the world: contrary to popular belief, there are actually less armed conflicts in the world today than ever before. The world is changing fast and humankind is being confronted with rapid climate change, lack of fresh drinking water, ever decreasing bio-diversity, diminishing oil reserves and an ever-growing population.
These global challenges call for global solutions and these solutions will require cooperation on a global scale unprecedented in human history. Peace is the essential prerequisite because without peace we will be unable to achieve the levels of cooperation, inclusiveness and social equity necessary to solve these challenges. We would also have the vast amounts of resources required to tackle these issues.
This documentary closely examines the different ways in which governments and individuals can face these problems: they can deal with them through war or peace. There is a genuine wave occurring in all corners of the world right now, showing us that peace is not a utopia, but rather at arm's length. Through numerous and beautiful examples, the film illustrates the many ways in which people and communities are making a positive change, today. Even though we may instinctively know that this change is greatly needed to survive this 21st century, to see it unfold is truly exciting and you can play a part.
Narrated by Michael Douglas and featuring interviews with Hans Blix, Sir Bob Geldof and Sir Richard Branson.
Award presentation: Cannes Film Festival 2009
Ervin Lazlo founder of The Club of Budapest has arrived in Cannes today
to present the award at the Soldiers of Peace Special Screening on
The Screening May 20th at 8pm Location: Palais B.
The award will be presented Steve Killelea the founder of the Global Peace Index, a new tool for measuring peacefulness of countries and identifying the drivers of peace. Developed in conjunction with the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Global Peace Index has sparked a debate in the media from all parts of the world. The Global Peace Index is now considered a benchmark for measuring the peacefulness of nations.
The Club of Budapest also gave special Worldshift Diploma Award mention to:
Here to Stay www.heretostay-themovie.com
Here to stay takes an uncompromising look at the Planet Earth today,
In all its beauty but also its scars and contradictions. This film illustrates
The intricate relationship and contrasts between the miracles of nature
And man's obsession in trying to tame them.
Can we turn back the tide?
What do really want for ourselves?
Lets Make Money - www.letsmakemoney.at
Erwin Wagenhofer has crafted a momentous and chilling work of reportage in this documentary that maps and analyzes the contemporary global financial system.Shuttled around the world in private limousines and welcomed to corporate offices atop gleaming towers, we are treated to a litany of explanations by people close to the action, outlining how the financial world works and where it stands. It is unsurprising for many to learn that capitalism is ruthless. More alarming is the degree to which the financial (ad)ventures of an unaccountable and often-invisible few are facilitated by public policies and monies and arcane schemes that drain vast quantities of wealth away from civilizations into private hands. In settings ranging from India to Austria, from Burkina Faso to Washington, D.C., the legacies of decades of relaxed credit, deregulation of markets, and privatization of public facilities are illustrated by concrete examples so bizarre, outsized, and chilling that you'd expect to find them in a science-fiction movie rather than a documentary. The testimonies of economic theorists, proponents of offshore tax havens, and even one ""economic hit man"" combine to create a portrait of high stakes and shortsightedness, with war, mass migration, and ecological disaster as only a few of the downsides. Viewed in such volatile economic times as these, this prescient, shocking, and expertly crafted primer will spark many urgent debates.