The World Memory Film Project relies on a broad network of organizations and individuals. The Friends of WMFP include:

The WMFP Honorary High Patron

Adama Dieng, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for the Prevention of Genocide.

The WMFP Honorary Ambassadors
(World leaders, top diplomats, and other highly visible people)

Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director General, Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).

Paul Haggis, Two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker. Founder of Artists for Peace and Justice. Human rights advocate. Supporter of the people of Haiti.

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia

Roland Joffé, Filmmaker nominated twice for a Best Director Academy Award, for his genocide-themed movies The Killing Fields and The Mission. Human rights activist.

Garry Kasparov, former World Chess Champion. Writer and political activist against repression in Russia. Human rights activist. Chairman of the Kasparov Chess Foundation.

Barbara Kopple, Two-time Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, best known for her ground-breaking movies on contemporary civil society issues.

Ambassador Mohamed Sahnoun, one of the world’s foremost diplomats, co-chaired the creation of the vital United Nations document, “The Responsibility to Protect.”

Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation; co-founder of the Aegis Trust. Co-creator of the Holocaust Memorial in Great Britain, and of the Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda.

Wayne Young, Environmental Activist and Movie Producer. Associate Producer of Crocodile Dundee and Producer / Creator of Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, which had its World Environment Premier at the United Nations.

The WMFP Advisory Board
(Very well-known people in their respective fields)

— Human Rights and Civil Society Advocates —

Richard Cizik, American advocate on behalf of the environment and of civil rights, regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation. Named to TIME Magazine 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Debra Mace, American, President of the Children For Peace Foundation, Rome, Italy

Dr. Mukesh Kapila, medical doctor, humanitarian, and diplomat from India and UK, specialist on threatened societies & crisis intervention. Bucking the system, he was the first to call Darfur a “genocide”, while serving as head of the United Nations in Sudan.

Christophe Poizat, French “humanist entrepreneur”. Founder of the International Network of Social-Eco Entrepreneurs (INSE).

Pierre Sané, Senegalese, former Secretary-General of Amnesty International, former Deputy Director-General of UNESCO; founder and president of Imagine Africa.

Naima Yacoubi, Moroccan, activist for better governance and increased development in Africa, international businesswoman.

Driss El Yazami, President of the National Council for Human Rights of the Kingdom of Morocco (CNDH); former Secretary-General, the International Federation of the League of Human Rights (FIDH)

— Personalities in Film, TV, Fine Arts, and Media —

Driss Alaoui-Mdaghri, Moroccan writer, artist, poet, former four-time Cabinet Minister, and promoter of cross-cultural understanding. Founder of the artistic movement Come To My Home.

Nezha Alaoui, Moroccan photographer, Film Producer, and Publisher.

Zouhair Amri, French/Tunisian CEO and co-founder, Oumma TV, Paris.

James Bruce, Hollywood-based Reality Television Executive Producer, Narrative Television director, and Film producer.

Eva Dalak, Trainer, coach, and facilitator on conflict transformation and gender issues in conflict zones. Works with the UN, the EU, and other international organizations.

Sussan Deyhim, Iranian Vocalist / Composer / Performance Artist / Activist, performed the vocals for the film Argo.

Christopher Dickey, Paris-based American writer and journalist, head of Newsweek/The Daily Beast in Paris.

Bunny Godillot, French actress, director, producer, screenwriter and playwright. She has produced numerous successful plays in Europe. Her most recent: “Merci Mr. Spielberg”

Richard Horowitz, American composer, producer, arranger, and musician. Golden Globe winner. Co-founder of the Gnaoua World Music Festival in Essaouira, Morocco.

Peeter Rebane, Estonian businessman, concert promoter, and filmmaker.

Perrey Reeves, Hollywood-based American film and TV Actress.

Suzanne Stroh, American writer, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker.

Johann Urb, Hollywood-based Estonian-American actor.

Manuela Veronese, Italian dance instructor and events producer, living in Spain.

Robert De Vico, Hollywood-based American Artist, Writer, and Production Designer.

Andre Waksman, Paris-based American documentary film maker, focusing on human rights, the environment, and the memory of genocide.


(Extraordinary young leaders)

Amy Hilton, Paris-based British art curator and writer. Together with French artist Laurent Godard, she leads the crowdsourced personal creativity initiative called Flateurville.

Johnny Strange, American adventurer and extreme sports celebrity, and an ardent activist against genocide. At age 17, he became the youngest person to climb the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.

Sergei Metlev, Estonian civil society activist and columnist of Russian descent. He is spearheading open debate on the recent history of the region, with the aim to reconcile communities on seemingly different sides of tragic events.

Project Partners

— Estonia —

– Unitas Foundation –

– Open Republic –

– Tallinn University Baltic Film & Media College –

– Black Nights Film Festival –

– The Museum of the Occupations of Estonia –

— Latvia —

– The History Teachers Association of Latvia –

— Lithuania —

– The International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania –

— Poland —

– The Warsaw Rising Museum –

— Hungary —

– Terror Haza –

— Romania —

– 1989 Romanian Revolution Institute –


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One thought on “Friends

  1. This inspired initiative is very important not only for its intrinsic focus on stopping genocide, but also for the forum it provides young people to express themselves emotionally and creatively with great purpose.

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