Japanese director Kawase appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador


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Paris, November 25 (Jiji Press) – Director Naomi Kawase was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador on Thursday, becoming the fifth Japanese and the first Japanese to hold the post.

“People have the right to enjoy life, but small voices, especially those of women, are stifled,” Kawase, 52, said at an appointment ceremony at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. “We need to shine a light on the diversity of voices and notice the glow of life,” she said.

“Through cinema, I want to fulfill my mission as a goodwill ambassador for a prosperous future for humanity and the earth,” she added.

UNESCO commended Kawase for her contribution to promoting gender equality in the cultural industry, through her films depicting women of different ages. Secretary General Audrey Azoulay expressed her joy at Kawase’s assumption of the role of Goodwill Ambassador.

Kawase won the Camera d’Or award at Cannes for best first film with “Suzaku” in 1997 and the Festival Grand Prix with “La forêt en meuil” in 2007.

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