Film festival honors Harry Belafonte with activism award

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Posted: Jun 07, 2015 1:52 PM

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut film festival has awarded entertainer and social activist Harry Belafonte for his humanitarian efforts.

The Greenwich Time reports (http://bit.ly/1F2PecW ) the Greenwich International Film Festival honored Belafonte with its first Changemaker Honoree award at a gala Saturday night.

Mia Farrow was also an honoree, but could not attend the gala due to a scheduling conflict.

Belafonte says he found the occasion thrilling.

Festival organizers partnered with UNICEF and showed short films from the organization's OneMinutesJr. Program— a project in which children from around the world make short films about their lives and circumstances.

Festival co-founder Wendy Stapleton Reyes says both entertainers have used their platforms to make the world a better place.