Film Festival Honors Harry Belafonte With Activism Award

Connecticut film festival has awarded entertainer and social activist Harry Belafonte for his humanitarian efforts.

The Greenwich Time reports  the Greenwich International Film Festival honored Belafonte with its first Changemaker Honoree award at a gala Saturday night.

Mia Farrow was also an honoree, but could not attend the gala due to a scheduling conflict.

Belafonte says he found the occasion thrilling.

Festival organizers partnered with UNICEF and showed short films from the organization’s OneMinutesJr. Program– a project in which children from around the world make short films about their lives and circumstances.

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Giving the keynote address as the Univ. of Mississippi marks the 50th anniversary of its integration.

Festival co-founder Wendy Stapleton Reyes says both entertainers have used their platforms to make the world a better place.