FOREST WHITAKER is a distinguished artist and humanist. He is the founder of PeaceEarth
Foundation, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace and is
Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation. Whitaker is also a talented,
performer and one of Hollywood's most accomplished figures. He has received
artistic distinctions including the 2006 Academy Award for Best Actor for his
The Last King of Scotland as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. He has also received the
Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Golden Globe for Best Actor. In
received the Best Actor award for Bird at the Cannes Film Festival.
Forest Whitaker has dedicated most of his time to extensive humanitarian work
over the past
decade. His social awareness has compelled him to seek ways of using the film
medium as a
means to raise peoples' consciousness. He produced the award-winning documentary
Dream, which tells the poignant story of a Ugandan child soldier turned world
boxer, Rising From Ashes, which profiles Genocide survivors of the Rwandan war
who have risen
from wooden bicycles to competing in the Olympics, Serving Life, which focuses
on hospice care
for prisoners at Louisiana's Angola Prison, and the Emmy nominated and Peabody
Brick City, which takes a look at inner-city life in Newark, New Jersey.
In 2007, Whitaker received the Cinema for Peace Award for his selfless and
for child soldiers, as well as his work with inner-city youth. He was also
awarded the Humanitas
Prize in 2001. In 2008, he served as a member of the Urban Policy Committee and
on the board of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH).
serves as a Senior Research Scholar at Rutgers University, and a Visiting
Professor at Ringling
College of Art and Design. In 2011, Whitaker was designated as a UNESCO Goodwill
Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation. In this role, he works towards global
through anti-violent education, research, training and community building. In
recognition of his
commitment as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and for his outstanding contribution to
of the Organization, Whitaker received in December 2012 the United Nations
Association Advocate of the Year Award. In 2013, Boston University's Howard
Research Center appointed Whitaker as a Martin Luther King Jr. Fellow.
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