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WINNER OF THE 2010 RON KOVIC PEACE AWARD ANNOUNCED BY THE 6TH
ANNUAL MY HERO FILM FESTIVAL
Los Angeles, CA – 11/20/10 – The MY HERO Project is pleased to announce the winner
of the 2010 Ron Kovic Peace Award: Fauzia Minallah of Pakistan, with her film Let
Them Bloom. Fauzia is an artist, author, political cartoonist and peace activist. In 2001
she founded the Funkor Child Art Center in Islamabad, a non-profit organization with a
mission to promote children’s art and improve literacy in Pakistan. In pursuing these two
goals, the Center hopes to increase its students’ cultural awareness and appreciation of
human rights. The honor comes with a thousand-dollar prize to further Fauzia’s work for
Fauzia’s film Let Them Bloom tells the story of a peace mural, created by children from
a shanty town in Islamabad. The children’s artwork offers a compelling call for peace
amidst an environment of violence. Ron Kovic called Let Them Bloom “a beautiful and
inspiring film that everyone should see.”
|World Peace advocate, author, painter, and activist Ron Kovic|
Ron Kovic has been a passionate advocate for world peace for over four decades. He
is an accomplished author, painter, and activist, who has lead peace marches around
the world. Kovic is a former Marine Corps sergeant and author of the memoir Born on
the 4th of July. He also co-wrote the Golden Globe-winning screenplay-adaptation of
Born on the 4th of July with Oliver Stone, who directed the film. The movie starred Tom
Cruise and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning two.
Ron served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War before being wounded in combat
and paralyzed from the mid-chest down on Jan. 20, 1968. After an arduous recuperation,
he left the military and enrolled in Hoffstra University. While studying philosophers
such as Thoreau, Kovic was exposed to the viewpoints of peace activists who were
protesting the Vietnam war. He was shaken by the infamous Kent State shootings,
and traveled to Washington, DC weeks later for his first peace march, in May of 1970.
Moved by the passionate arguments given by the protestors, Kovic resolved to join them.
He went on to become a prominent spokes-person for the anti-war movement, twice
addressing the U.S. Democratic Convention and consistently opposing the advent of
violent conflict around the globe long after the Vietnam War ended. His work has never
|Peace hero Ron Kovic and co-founder of MY HERO Jeanne Meyers, at the 2010 MY HERO Film Festival|
On December 6, 2009, Kovic addressed President Obama and leaders of Congress at
the 32nd annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., giving a stirring tribute
to honoree Bruce Springsteen. In April of 2010, he traveled to Rome, Italy as one of
the 42 selected members of the Council for Dignity, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation.
He spoke before Rome’s Mayor, Gianni Alemanno, and other civic leaders about how
his experiences in war have made him a firm advocate of peace. His tireless efforts
to end violence and promote peace are chronicled on the MY HERO website ( http://
The MY HERO Film Festival is honored to annually bestow the Ron Kovic Peace Award
to the director of the short film that most effectively addresses the issue of world peace.
The Award comes with a $1000 cash prize to support the important efforts of artists and
peace activists like Fauzia Minallah.
Mr. Kovic will present the award at The MY HERO Film Festival Awards Ceremony.
This event begins at 3pm on November 20th, at the Ray Stark Family Theater in
USC’s George Lucas Building. The 15th Anniversary Celebration Party will follow.
Reservations are required.
|Ron Kovic presenting his Peace Award in front of the 2010 MY HERO Film Festival audience|
For more information about the MY HERO International Film Festival
please visit http://myhero.com/filmfestival
PLEASE NOTE, SEATING IS LIMITED, SO RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW:
To reserve your free seat for the Awards Ceremony & Screening, please rsvp at
The MY HERO 15th Anniversary Celebration Dinner will immediately follow the film
festival at USC.
Donations are required for this dinner celebration.
To view the MY HERO web page on Ron Kovic.
For more info on the Ron Kovic Peace Prize