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  • Indonesian actress and producer Christine Hakim designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

    11-03-2008 6:30 pm The Indonesian actress and producer, Christine Hakim, was designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Teacher Education in South East Asia by the Organization’s Director-General, Koďchiro Matsuura, at a ceremony in Bali (Indonesia) on March 11, held as part of the seventh Ministerial meeting of the nine most populous countries (E9) on Education for All.

    Christine Hakim was designated in recognition of “her efforts to raise public awareness about education and the plight of teachers in Indonesia, as well as her contribution to spreading UNESCO’s message of peace and tolerance, and her commitment to the ideals and objectives of the Organization”.

    Christine Hakim has appeared in more than thirty films. She won the Citra Award for Best Actress – one of the Indonesian film industry’s most prestigious awards – six times and the Asia Pacific Film Festival’s Best Actress award four times. She also produced the feature-length film, “Daun Di Atas Bantal” (Leaf on a Pillow), which received the Special Jury Prize at the 1998 Tokyo International Film Festival, and Best Film Award at the Asia Pacific Film Festival. In 2001, she produced another feature-length film, “Pasir Berbisik” (Whispering Sands), which won the Special Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival.

    A member of the jury at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, Christine Hakim recently received a lifetime achievement award from Manila’s Cinemanila Film Festival and was nominated Asian Heroine by Time Magazine Asia in 1999. She has given her name to the foundation she established to provide milk for undernourished children on the island of Java and the region of Aceh. This charitable organization also offers scholarships for Indonesian children and young directors.

    As a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Christine Hakim will lend her support to UNESCO’s activities aimed at reducing the shortage of teachers, improving their working conditions and promoting quality education, particularly in South-East Asia. She will be particularly involved with the Organization’s programme to help these countries coordinate their policies regarding the training and status of teachers.

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