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UNHCR – Cate Blanchett to speak at the Special Press Conference on Statelessness

UNHCR – Cate Blanchett to speak at the Special Press Conference on Statelessness

Hello Blanchetters!

Cate Blanchett, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is going to attend the Special Press Conference on Statelessness set for October 7 in Geneva. Save the date!

7 October 2019 12:45 – 13:30
Special Press Conference on Statelessness
Maha Mamo, formerly stateless refugee and advocate for the rights of stateless people
Cate Blanchett, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
Carol Batchelor, UNHCR Special Advisor on Statelessness

The Press Conference will be aired live on Reuters –> here

On the same day the will be held the 2019 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Awards.


UNHCR – New Podcast and Collaboration

UNHCR – New Podcast and Collaboration

Hello Blanchetters!

Back in 2015 Cate was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, leading to a fruitful partnership and collaboration.
One week after the annual World Refugee Day, the UNHCR released a new podcast inteview from the series Awake at Night. You can listen it here. Alongside the podcast the UN Refugee Agency relased two new pictures from Cate’s humanitarian missions in Lebanon (2015) and in Bangladesh (2018).

Thanks to Catepedia on the CBFchat, we have news about another project Cate was involved in: she has written the foreword for the new book Forced to Flee, featuring pictures of refugees children:

The book is on sale from June 25. More infos here

We have also added to the gallery a new picture from the Hands Up for Syria fundraising (2016)

and we have replaced the picture below with a larger version (The Ideas Box – Google Zeitgeist). Enjoy!



actor, Oscar-winner and mother of four Cate Blanchett is the final guest of this season’s award-winning podcast series Awake at Night, hosted by the UN Refugee Agency. The podcast centres around remarkable individuals engaged in supporting refugees, and Blanchett, a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, has dedicated herself to the cause since 2014.

In a frank and emotional conversation with Melissa Fleming, UNHCR’s Head of Global Communications, Blanchett reflects on her experiences during prior field visits with UNHCR. She recalls her time in Jordan, accompanied by her son Iggy, where she met Syrian refugees: “In Jordan you have two refugee camps [Azraq and Za’atari] and one of them is completely barren, it’s almost like a moonscape. We had this extraordinary lunch with an extended family that had been in the camp for quite some time. One of the boys was going out to play soccer. But there was a 13-year-old boy, very engaged, very cheery, that didn’t go out.”

Iggy — keen to play football with all the boys in the family — was curious to know why the cheery boy didn’t join them: “I explained that he had a wound in his foot; that he had shrapnel in his ankle as he was shot on their journey there. The colour just drained from Iggy’s face and you could see him trying to put those pieces together.”

There, in the barren, hot, Jordanian desert, might have well been the moment her son Iggy understood what it meant to be a refugee: “I think, if you told him in abstract or he’d read it in a newspaper article, he would have thought about the boy being in a hospital bed, being incredibly depressed, but you could see that this boy was still full of hope.”

When asked how being a mother has helped her with her role as a Goodwill Ambassador, Blanchett says: “Simply by being a mother you form a greater empathetic, immediate connection to the experience of refugee mothers and what they will do, the lengths they will go to try and normalize their experience as fragile as it is for their children.”

As a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, Blanchett helps raise awareness and humanize the issue of forced displacement and statelessness. She has travelled with UNHCR to meet refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Bangladesh, learning first-hand about peoples’ experiences of flight from conflict and persecution, or the challenges of statelessness and then turning this experience into powerful advocacy and human storytelling. She has turned this witness into film and drama, and also into powerful testimony at fundraising events as well as high-level meetings such as at the UN Security Council and Davos.

The Awake at Night podcast series focuses on remarkable humanitarians who provide unique and intimate insights into their work. They disclose what drives them, what they have learned from the people they serve, and the challenges and hopes that keep them awake at night.

So, what keeps Cate Blanchett awake at night? When asked this question, she vividly describes meeting a Syrian woman, an architect, at a refugee community centre in Lebanon. The woman, a mother of three, told the people gathered at the centre that she was taking a boat the next week with her children to try to reach Europe: “The room fell silent and everyone said: ‘You know how dangerous that is.’ And she said, ‘I have no choice! My children have been out of school. I have no choice!’.”

Blanchett continues: “Often, for people who get on boats, it’s not the first point of trauma. They’ve experienced starvation. They have been shot at. They have travelled miles without any medical aid. Their children are at their wits’ end, already traumatized, when they get on the boat.”

“They are doing this because they are thinking profoundly about their children’s future. They are the people who are being washed up on the beaches.”

“Think. Just think about that, as you’re drifting off to sleep.”

Blanchett’s work with refugees has also exposed her to the immense resilience and courage of refugees, despite their difficult circumstances. This reminds her of another meeting: “When we were at Azraq, I encountered a young schoolteacher whose child was a month old. It was incredibly hot. It was in the desert and they’d made their tent. He took me into a courtyard and he had planted a little tree for his daughter. He would walk for a long time every day to get enough water to feed this tree. Just the love that he was pouring into this tree. He wanted it to grow and he knew that he would probably be in the camp for quite some time. He was talking about how this tree would grow and it would shade his daughter. And it made me want to weep. I thought it was like the quintessential image of hope that a father has for his daughter. That he wanted her to play under that tree.”


Cate Blanchett to lead charity play reading in Middle Temple Hall on 24 March

Cate Blanchett to lead charity play reading in Middle Temple Hall on 24 March

Hey everyone!

New event in London!
It has been announced that Cate Blanchett is set to lead a play reading in Middle Temple Hall for The Kalisher Trust’s annual fundraising.
The play selected for this year event is ‘Land of the Free’ by award winning playwright Diane Samuels and will be performed at Middle Temple Hall on Sunday 24th March 2019. The play reading will run for a max of 90 minutes straight through and will be directed by Joe Harmston. Full casting is to be announced on The Kalister Trust website soon.

Read more information below and if you have the chance to go, don’t miss it!

Land of the Free
DATE: sunday, 24 March 2019
TIME: 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Middle Temple Hall
Tickets Here

Official Website
The Kalisher Trust is a legal charity which helps young people from diverse backgrounds to develop the power of advocacy and supports those who aspire to become criminal barristers.

Land of the Free interrogates the conflict between personal and political love as seen in the context of political discourse in the United States from the hysteria of the McCarthy era to the year of the Twin Towers attack. Inspired by real figures and their extraordinary experiences at the hands of the FBI as machine of the American state, her play explores the true price of freedom and the cost of devoting one’s life to fighting for a more just world.

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1969, the shores of Lake Champlain, upstate New York. Rosa Gold, wife of radical lawyer Joe Gold, and mother of five, sees a naked woman emerge from the water in the moonlight. Uncompromising and determined, Heidi lives the life Rosa, herself a communist, failed to sustain. Rosa had been arrested for spying for the Soviets in 1949. Joe had been her defence lawyer – he rescued her from the death penalty, then she married him. Still haunting her is the mysterious figure of Bud, FBI agent, defender of the Land of the Brave and the Free.

LAND OF THE FREE explores what it is to be a revolutionary in the USA in the late twentieth century, the nature of personal and political love, marriage for life, betrayal and the struggle to make a fairer world.


Special thanks to Catepedia from CBF Chat for sharing this news!

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett at a Capernaum screening in London.

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett at a Capernaum screening in London.

Hello everyone!

Earlier this week, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett attended a special UNHCR/Picturehouse screening of Capernaum, film starring Zain Al-Rafeea, a Syrian refugee and directed by Nadine Labaki. The movie which opens in the UK on February 22 has got an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign Language Film and the Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Here’s a photo of Cate and Nadine during the event. Enjoy!


Cate Blanchett at the 2018 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony

Cate Blanchett at the 2018 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony

Hello everyone!

On Monday, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett has joined some fellow artists in the 2018 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony held in Geneva. The award was delivered to Dr. Evan Atar Adaha, a surgeon who runs a remote hospital in South Sudan where he treats people forced to flee conflict and persecution. Cate was also interviewed by British TV presenter Anita Rani. See photos and watch the videos below.


The keynote speaker at the event, actor Cate Blanchett, who is a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, earlier told the audience: “The award tonight marks a great humanitarian achievement.

“It is a formalised way of saying ‘thank you’ to one person specifically, but more importantly, it carries with it the inexpressible thanks to all who work in the humanitarian fields — often at great personal cost.”

She continued: “Hope is embodied by the field workers and volunteers, like our Nansen laureate tonight. People who bring refugees and host communities together. In these people we have not just the ground force, but the beating heart and moral impulse to achieve change.”

Blanchett concluded: “People like Dr. Atar inspire us to build a better future for everybody.”


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Cate Blanchett at the Green Carpet Awards 2018 luncheon

Cate Blanchett at the Green Carpet Awards 2018 luncheon

Hey Blanchetters,

During the 75th edition of the Venice International Film Festival, Cate Blanchett attended a luncheon with Chopard to launch the Green Carpet Fashion Awards 2018. Here are some photos and an small article.

[…] Sustainability was key the following day, as Livia Firth, founder of Eco-Age, together with Camera Nazionale della Moda’s president Carlo Capasa and Chopard’s artistic director and co-president Caroline Scheufele presented the second Green Carpet Awards, Italia prize, created by the jewelry house.

“The Oscars is always the same statuette, as is the Palme [d’Or] in Cannes, also by Chopard, and going forward this will be the award,” said Firth of the design, which is crafted from Fairmined-certified ethical gold. “And the fact that it is a woman is not a coincidence,” she added.

“It’s very erotic,” Hayek said of the statuette with a laugh. “Women are about temptation after all…”

About the Green Carpet Awards event to be held in Milan on Sept. 23, Firth said, “We’ll have even more surprises this year, last year was an incredible evening and we thought how are we going to replicate it? But we are very happy about how it’s shaping up.”

It was a meeting of the movie and fashion industries as A-listers Cate Blanchett, Colin Firth, Christoph Waltz and Jeff Goldblum participated at the event at the Cipriani Hotel, which again drew the likes of Pinault, Bizzarri, Piccioli, Sassi and Incontri.

Blanchett, who said she was planning to attend the award ceremony, said it was “a brilliant initiative,” praising Livia Firth as “a real driving force to positively work with brands that have the capacity and leadership position within the industry to make those changes and by example show how to make the economic and cultural shift in the business.”

Blanchett is no stranger herself to sustainability issues. “When my husband [Andrew Utpon] and I ran the Sydney Theater company, one of the first initiatives was to set up solar panels — the theater uses so much electricity,” she said. “We went off the grid.”

Blanchett was in Venice for “pure pleasure,” she explained. “My son has finished his exams, he wasn’t able to come to Cannes [Film Festival], so we are here. There is a brilliant lineup, some really amazing films that in previous years wouldn’t have come to Venice,” she said, describing Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” as a “masterpiece,” and citing “Suspiria,” “A Star Is Born,” “The Favourite” by Yorgos Lanthimos and “Peter Loo.”