The Non-Violence Project Foundation(NVPF) and The Charlie Chaplin Museum Foundation (CCMF), with Chaplin’s World (CW), the only museum dedicated to Charlie Chaplin in the world, are pleased to announce, on the international human rights day, that they are strengthening their collaboration through joint initiatives that will develop throughout 2021.
The collaboration between the organizations, started last October and planned for the whole year of 2021, aims at celebrating the 80th anniversary of Chaplin’s movie “The Great Dictator”. The movie’s famous final speech honors strong values such as hope, tolerance, respect and humanism shared by both NVPF, CCMF and CW. NVPF, along with Amnesty International Swiss Section, has been appointed as partner of the year on this specific initiative and fully supports all the activities including #LetUsAllUnite, a global campaign organized by Chaplin’s World, to promote the values cherished by Chaplin himself.
The partnership aims also at delivering educational activities led by NVPF which mission is to use education to prevent and reduce all forms of violence. Various workshops have been planned for the year to come targeted to children, teenagers and adults to explore the messages, values and relevancy of The Great Dictator’s speech.
Compatibly with the health situation, 12 workshops involving children from 6 to 11+ years old divided in groups according to their age range, should take place next Spring in the Museum’s premises thanks to the CCMF cultural program. NVPF will give its ”Train the Trainer” to CW’s staff to ensure consistency of workshops and enabling the Museum to gain NVPF’s methodology, developed for over 27 years now. A roundtable for adults on relevant topics is currently under discussion.
Blaise Oberson, CEO of NVPF, stated: «we are truly thrilled of this partnership over The Great Dictator 80’s anniversary with the Charlie Chaplin Museum Foundation and Chaplin’s World’s support. We are honored to support Charlie Chaplin’s values and spread the word on the benefits of peaceful behaviors, all the more in these difficult times where violence has dramatically increased in so many countries. We are looking forward to working with the Charlie Chaplin Museum Foundation and Chaplin’s World to serve this cause. »
Béatrice de Reyniès, Chaplin’s World Managing Director and member of the Charlie Chaplin Museum Foundation’s board, added: « for this year celebrating the 80th anniversary of the film "The Great Dictator", the Charlie Chaplin Museum Foundation, supported by Chaplin's World, is honored to partner with an institution such as The Non-Violence Project Foundation defending the same humanist values as those of Charlie Chaplin. The Knotted Gun, their world-famous sculpture, has become a strong symbol of peace and tolerance that echoes Chaplin's approach of talking about universal themes in an accessible way. If the health situation permits, we will have the pleasure of offering workshops to be held at Chaplin's World for the younger generation. These workshops will address the theme of non-violence and the tools that enable their application in everyday life. "The Great Dictator" will thus play the role of artistic illustration to evoke this theme.»
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