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          Museum of Tolerance award makes Clint Eastwood's day 
          November 15, 2010
          Los Angeles Times

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Clint Eastwood arriving at the Museum of Tolerance

M.C. for the evening's event was George Lopez.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger presented the award.

L-R: American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks; SWC/MOT Founder and Dean, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Legendary Jazz Performer, Mike Melvoin (partially hidden); Clint Eastwood; Three-Time Grammy Award-winning musician, Tom Scott; Gov. Schwarzenegger and Comedian, George Lopez.

Special Guest for the evening, Eli Wallach

Rabbi Hier, Clint Eastwood, MOT Director, Liebe Geft and Eli Wallach

Clint Eastwood with his wife, Dina Ruiz and Gov. Schwarzenegger.

L-R: SWC Exec. Dir, Rabbi Meyer May, Gov. Schwarzenegger, Rabbi Hier and SWC Associate Dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper.

American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks performed a song from Mr. Eastwood's Academy Award-winning film, "Gran Torino".

L-R: MOT Director, Liebe Geft, Alexander Newton -the young star of MOTIFF's closing night film, "Iron Cross" who plays alongside the late Roy Scheider as his younger version and won 'Best Young Actor' at the Boston Film Festival and writer/director Joshua Newton.

Alexander Newton with Eli Wallach



Remembrance Award presented to writer-director Joshua Newton (left) and Kevin Farr (3rd left) pictured with Clint Eastwood (2nd left) and Rabbi Marvin Hier (right) for the film "Iron Cross" which is featured as MOTIFF's closing night film on Thursday, November 18, 7:00 pm


At a special screening of the 1962 classic, To Kill A Mockingbird, as part of its first annual Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival, Academy Award™-winning actor Robert Duvall, who won notice for his role as Boo Radley in the film, made a special appearance.

Photo L-R
: Rabbi Cooper, MOTIFF Executive Director Craig Prater and Mr. Duvall

After a tour of the Museum of Tolerance with Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Duvall took questions from the audience, recounting how he got the part of Boo - his first movie role - and told stories from his celebrated career.  Rabbi Cooper, who moderated the Q & A, said afterwards, “Along with his roles in To Kill and Mockingbird, The Godfather films and Lonesome Dove, Duvall also played Adolph Eichmann and Joseph Stalin. By bringing two of history’s greatest perpetrators to life on film, he is putting a human face on the greatest crimes against humanity for the next generations to see. That’s exactly what we try to do every day at the Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance.”

Rabbi Cooper, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I want to offer my warmest congratulations on the inauguration of the Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival. While I regret that I am unable to be with you this evening, I am delighted that my country is well-represented by “Adieu Mères” (“Goodbye Mothers”), which conveys a snapshot in time of the Jewish community’s long and storied history in Morocco.

With our centuries old tradition of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Jews, we Moroccans believe that there can be no more important goal in our world and in our time than the museum’s – and this festival’s – mission of promoting peace, tolerance, and understanding.

Best wishes for what I know will be a significant and fascinating festival. And enjoy the movie!

H.E. Aziz Mekouar,
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco
To the United States

Rabbi Abraham Cooper reading the above letter and introducing "Goodbye Mothers" at the Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival.




The Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival (MOTIFF) seeks to explore human rights issues and prevent hatred and genocide through the medium of film. Cinema leaves a lasting impression on its audiences and is a valuable way to instill the museum’s vision in a new audience. The MOTIFF is a powerful outlet for the MOT to further their mission of promoting respect and mutual understanding.


Craig Prater

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