“Pollack, Streep, Halmi and Ben-Ami receive award”

July 7, 2007 Los Angeles, California

Producer Yoram Ben-Ami received an award today of an appreciation from the Kenyan government for his contribution to the Kenyan film industry and the “people of


The award received by Mr. Ben-Ami will also be received by five other contributors to the Kenyan film industry – the esteemed list includes Academy Award winners Meryl Streep (OUT OF AFRICA), Sydney Pollack (OUT OF AFRICA), Caroline Link (NOWHERE IN AFRICA) and Peter Herrmann (NOWHERE IN AFRICA) and Emmy Award winning producer Robert Halmi (CHEETAH.)

The award signed by Kenyan Minister of Information and Communications – the Honorable Mutahi Kagwe EGH, Minister of Parliament was presented to Mr. Ben-Ami at the Kenyan Consulate General in Los Angeles by Consul General Mrs. M. Nyambura Kamau.

The award states the following:

“Your professional integrity, devotion to your craft, experience and knowledge has enriched this country.  I have confidence that your work has set a high standard for the many young Kenyans who would aspire to following your footsteps by your example from which our industry will surely grow.  You will always be our most welcome guest and on behalf of the many Kenyans you have touched in our nation.  I wish to say a sincere thank you for having faith in Kenya for entrusting us with your film”

Mr. Ben-Ami produced SHEENA for Columbia Pictures and produced THE LION OF AFRICA for HBO shot entirely on location in Kenya.

SHEENA’s production in 1983-1984 was integral in advancing Kenya’s film industry and led the path to the filming of OUT OF AFRICA starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep in Kenya a couple of years afterward.  The film OUT OF AFRICA won several Oscars including Best Picture.

In accepting the award, Mr. Ben-Ami announced to Consul General Mrs. M. Nyambura Kamau the formation of the AFRICA FORREST PROJECT which will be based in Kenya and aims to provide Kenyans with an important bio-diesel resource that will be integral in fighting Global Warming.

The Africa Forrest Project
aims to plant 1 million trees in Kenya together with the help of prominent figures from the Hollywood Entertainment community.

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