Law for peace in Afghanistan

LOS ANGELES: Jude Law is visiting Afghanistan to promote peace in the war-ravaged country. Together with director Jeremy Gilley, Law has returned to Afghanistan to help maintain momentum for Peace Day — an annual day on September 21 urging a global cease-fire and non-violence.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted Peace Day in 2001, following a lobbying campaign by Gilley which he documented in Peace One Day.

“When I left Kabul last year, I was hugely moved not by the conflict that I have read so much about, but by the people’s courage and their of hope,” Law told reporters in Kabul on September 1. “It seemed that they really want to make this day, the Peace Day, work. And they did,” Law said. “People recognise the day, because they recognise that lives could be saved.”

Noted for his roles in movies such as The Talented Mr Ripley and Cold Mountain, Law helped Gilley produce his second documentary film, called The Day After Peace.

The documentary, which also features former UN chief Kofi Annan, the Dalai Lama, Angelina Jolie, Annie Lennox and Jonny Lee Miller, charts the way Peace Day can be used as a focus for lifesaving activity.

Last year Law and Gilley filmed in treacherous areas of eastern Afghanistan to help promote the day. Law said ordinary Afghans, who marched and prayed on Peace Day last year, are among the film’s stars. “It is Peace Day’s commitment to take this film as a message from people of Afghanistan to the rest of the world.” — Agencies