Hollywood superstar and UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie is in the Kurdistan Region to visit refugee camps.
Jolie, who arrived on an unannounced visit Saturday evening, was expected to visit a refugee camp in Duhok province that houses tens of thousands of Yezidis and other refugees from Mosul.
Rudaw also learned that she will give a press conference today following her visit to the camp.
The Kurdistan Region is home to 1.6 million refugees from Syrian Kurdistan and the rest of Iraq, most of whom fled the Islamic State (ISIS) onslaught last summer.
The American actress was appointed a Special Envoy in 2012 by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
This is Jolie’s second visit to the Kurdistan Region. In September 2012 Jolie visited the Domiz refugee camp in Erbil and met with Kurdish officials, including Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani.
According to the UNHCR, Jolie has conducted “more than 40 field visits around the world, becoming well-versed in the phenomenon of forced displacement and a tireless advocate on their behalf.”
Angelina attended the 20th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15 in Los Angeles.
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Angelina Jolie added a dose of star power to the 40th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Assn awards, which otherwise honored achievements in independent and world cinema.
Jolie, whose appearance had been whispered about but not announced in advance, was on hand Saturday night at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City to present career achievement honors to acting legend Gena Rowlands. The pair co-starred in 1998’s “Playing By Heart” and 2004’s “Taking Lives.”
Jolie followed an effusive and heartfelt speech from LAFCA member Chuck Wilson, who proclaimed Rowlands the equivalent of Marlon Brando for her impact on screen acting. Wilson then called on Jolie to introduce Rowlands, and the actress and “Unbroken” director delivered some very personal remarks, noting that she had studied Rowlands’ work when she was starting out in the biz.
She also nodded to Rowlands’ famed collaborations with her late husband, filmmaker and actor John Cassavetes, observing, “Every artist in their room has looked at their partner and said I wish I could have what John and Gena had.”
Angelina attended the 15th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 9 in Beverly Hills.
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Angelina Jolie just received an honor of a lifetime (no, it wasn’t an Oscar…yet).
The A-list actress traveled to the Vatican this week not only to host a screening of her buzzworthy film Unbroken, but also to meet Pope Francis while she was there. By her side throughout the trip was Luke Zamperini, the son of her film’s subject, Louis Zamperini.
“To be invited to screen Unbroken at The Vatican is an honor and a tribute to Louie’s legacy as a man of faith and someone who exemplified the power of forgiveness and the strength of the human spirit,” Jolie said in a statement obtained by E! News. “These are universal themes at the heart of the human experience everywhere.”
Jolie also brought along her oldest two daughters, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Zahara Jolie-Pitt, to the tiny state. According to Business Insider, Jolie met the 78-year-old pontiff in the throne room at the papal palace. She brought along her children, her brother and an interpreter.
Angelina Jolie met Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday, after screening her film “Unbroken“ there for officials and ambassadors.
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Angelina Jolie had the privilege of meeting Pope Francis after screening her latest directorial effort Unbroken for the Vatican. Unbroken is the true story of Louis Zamperini, a World War II Bombardier who survived both a horrific plane crash and Japanese internment camp.
Pope Francis was unable to attend the screening as he was in talks with the Cardinal of Paris, but he did meet with Jolie after the screening.
According to a Vatican spokesman, Jolie kissed the pope’s ring upon greeting, and he presented her with a rosary. She was accompanied by her daughters Shiloh and Zahara.
Jolie discussed with the Holy Father the history of Zamperini, how an Olympic veteran could overcome extreme trauma through faith. While not going in-depth into Zamperini’s religion, Unbroken ends with a slide explaining how Zamperini credited God for saving his life after years of severe post-traumatic stress.
Zamperini converted midlife to Christianity after struggling with alcoholism, PTSD and a failing marriage, which is detailed extensively in Laura Hillenbrand’s book Unbroken, upon which the film is based. He died in July at age 97 during the making of the film.
“Being invited to screen Unbroken at the Vatican,” said Jolie in La Repubblica, “is an honor and a tribute to the legacy of Louis, a man of faith that represents the strength of the human spirit.”
Unbroken opens in Italy on Jan. 29.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
May the force be with the Jolie-Pitts!
Angelina Jolie was spotted in Bonanza Gifts shop, a Las Vegas souvenir store, on Saturday with her 6-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne. The Oscar-winning actress purchased a bevy of toys and gag gifts, including light sabers, a plush dinosaur pillow, t-shirts, mugs, a bunch of telescope-style “freeloader forks,” and more mischievous presents.
According to an onlooker, Jolie was dressed down in neutral colors – a flowing beige sweater, jeans and big sunglasses. She was accompanied by a few other people and children; a member of Jolie’s entourage checked out at the register while the kids were allowed to pick out anything in the store. The shop manager said the star was “as normal as can be.”
Visiting this particular Sin City gift shop is also seemingly normal for Jolie. The manager said the actress-turned-director frequents the establishment to buy gag gifts for husband Brad Pitt, a known Hollywood prankster.