The kudo is aimed at recognizing an individual in the world of film and television whose work has demonstrated a deep commitment to humanitarian causes.
The honor is presented, in partnership with the UCLA Burkle Global Impact Initiative, to recognize Turner’s “immense” philanthropic contributions to humanitarian causes, particularly his support of the United Nations Foundation. Film Independent president Josh Welsh will present the award at a private dinner on June 12 at the home of Ron Burkle in Beverly Hills.
Film Independent noted that it’s supported humanitarian causes at its annual labs, the programming at the Los Angeles Film Festival and films recognized at the Spirit Awards.
Those titles include Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman’s “Born Into Brothels”; Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worall’s “Call Me Kuchu,” a film about LGBT rights in Uganda; Nicole Karsin’s “We Women Warriors,” a film about indigenous women leaders in Colombia; Hilla Medalia’s “Dancing in Jaffa,” a film about a program to bring together Israeli and Palestinian kids through ballroom dancing; and Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos’ “Rich Hill, a look at the impact of poverty on Middle American families.
Turned announced a $1 billion gift to support UN causes in 1997, creating the UN Foundation. To date, hundreds of partners and more than 210,000 UN Foundation donors have been inspired by Turner’s gift.