Tribute to the actor Rutger Hauer – At 2019 Lucca Film Festival he left his environmentalist message for the new generations

The Earth is good. You have to side with the Earth. And maybe you can hold onto this story and the Earth.

This was the environmentalist call that Rutger Hauer, who died recently, launched in front of hundreds of people, precisely on the occasion of the tribute that the Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema had dedicated to him in the Effetto Cinema Notte.
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Kofi Annan understood the limits of diplomacy, as well as why it’s important never to give up

Kofi Annan served as United Nations Secretary-General during a pivotal decade in modern world history – from 1997 to 2006. I would argue that his most important legacy was to focus the UN more on preventing and resolving deadly conflict within its sovereign members, while still trying to maintain peace and security among them.

How he developed and pursued ways and means to do this began much earlier in his UN career and persisted until his untimely death last week.
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Rural America: Where Sam Shepard’s roots ran deepest

When Sam Shepard died on July 27 the world lost one of the greatest playwrights of the past half-century. He was an artist renowned for bravely plumbing his own life for material, spinning much of his own pain into theatrical gold. His best work revealed the hollowness behind the idea of the happy family and its corollary, the American dream. Subversive and funny, Shepard had the soul of a poet and an experimental streak that never faded.
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