Human Rights First Award Dinner
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6 P.M.
Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, New York City.
2016 Human Rights First Award Dinner Co-Chairs:
Tom and Andi Bernstein
Daniel and Alisa Doctoroff
Matthew S. Dontzin and Elissa Doyle
Liz and Michael Rozen
William D. Zabel and Deborah Miller Zabel
Antisemitism is surging across Europe. Stoked by ascendant neo-fascist parties and violent extremists trying to lay claim to Islam, mounting hatred has led to an increase in antisemitic attacks and worries that the continent is becoming unsafe for Jews. We know from history that when antisemitism goes unchecked it leads to attacks on other vulnerable minorities and eventually to societal breakdown.
In 2015, we honored three young Europeans from diverse faith backgrounds who are challenging this scourge in their own communities. Their courageous and imaginative advocacy is inspiring solidarity and action to build a better future. Like us, they know that antisemitism is a threat not only to Jews, but to all who value democracy and human dignity.
2015 Sidney Lumet Award
Popular culture—television, movies, video games, music and other forms—has the power not only to entertain, but also to educate and inspire. It often confronts the most difficult political and social questions of the day. Human Rights First challenges the entertainment industry to recognize this power and tackle human rights issues with the accuracy and complexity they demand.
Sidney Lumet (1924-2011), renowned for the “social realism” in his best work, was an American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. Film critic Roger Ebert described him as “one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors.” In his memory, in 2011 we launched the Sidney Lumet Award for Integrity in Entertainment designed to honor those who shine a light on human rights problems and advance understanding in popular culture.