Nandita Das among jury members for UNESCO awards


Mumbai: Odisha-born Bollywood actress Nandita Das has been elected among the jury members of the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence.

The prize will be awarded to the individuals, institutions, other entities and non-governmental organisations that have made exceptional contributions in the promotion of tolerance and non-violence. It will be held later this year.

In recognition of a lifelong devotion to communal harmony and peace, the Prize bears the name of its benefactor Madanjeet Singh, who was a Unesco Goodwill Ambassador, Indian artist, writer and diplomat.

Nandita in a statement said, “Having been on many film juries, right from 2005 when I was on the main jury at the Cannes Film Festival, I have always enjoyed the deliberation process. One gets to know different perspectives that reflect different experiences and contexts.”

Currently Nandita is busy for the India release of her much-awaited film “Manto” and its participation in international film festivals. She has acted in more than 40 feature films in ten different languages.

She is the first Indian inducted into the International Hall of Fame of the International Women’s Forum in Washington, DC. She was recognized in 2011 for “her sustained contributions to the arts and to the world as one of the most gripping cinema arts leaders of our time who has shown us what both feet-on-the-floor authenticity looks like and how keeping your values in focus and applying your talent can fuel women and the world forward.

Das has twice served on the jury of Cannes Film Festival. In 2005, she served on the main competition jury alongside Fatih Akin, Javier Bardem, Salma Hayek, Benoit Jacquot, Emir Kusturica, Toni Morrison, Agnès Varda, and John Woo. In 2013, she served on the Cinefondation and short films jury alongside Jane Campion, Maji-da Abdi, Nicoletta Braschi, and Semih Kaplanoglu.

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