Legendary performer and activist Harry Belafonte will receive the Montreal International Black Film Festival’s 2012 Humanitarian Prize on its opening night, Wednesday, September 19, at Cinéma Impérial. The MIBFF will grant Belafonte the award for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and his efforts addressing injustice and inequality.
“It is a tremendous honour and a real privilege for all of us to welcome the living legend, Harry Belafonte, to Montreal and to honour him with the very first Montreal International Black Film Festival’s 2012 Humanitarian Prize. Giving him this award is also an excellent way for us to recognize the true value of his spirit that goes far beyond the Award-winning singer and movie star everyone knows. His constant fight for human rights have allowed people from all over the world to believe, hope, break down barriers and achieve great things,” said Fabienne Colas, president and founder of the MIBFF.
The tribute to Belafonte on September 19 will be followed by the screening of the opening film, Darrell Roodt’s Winnie, starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard.
The following night, September 20, Belafonte will be present for a special screening of Sing Your Song, the 2011 documentary tracing his life and legacy as a singer, actor and activist.
For event details and tickets, visit the festival website HERE.