Singer, Filmmaker and Peace Advocate Fred Nassiri wins Cinema Without Borders' 2008 Bridging The Borders Award

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Burbank, CA (June 26, 2008): The international film website Cinema Without Borders announced today that Mr. Fred Nassiri is the winner of its 2008 Bridging The Borders Award.

A singer, songwriter, filmmaker and peace activist of international renown, Mr. Nassiri has received the award in recognition of his extraordinary and ongoing mission to help children throughout the world generate hope for world peace, and to bring all people of the world closer together through the arts of film and music.

“Mr. Nassiri is an exceptional humanitarian as well as an accomplished artist in the fields of film and music,” noted CWB’s Editor-in-Chief Bijan Tehrani, who joined CWB’s International Editor James Ulmer in presenting the diploma of the award to Nassiri in a brief ceremony in Las Vegas. “We were especially moved by the screening of his film, Love Sees No Color, and by his sense of mission, his passion and his charisma that he brings to his global peace advocacy and his work with children. He truly epitomizes the meaning of our Bridging the Borders Award.”
Nassiri came to this country at a young age. “I fell in love with the United States,” said Nassiri. “The freedom and democracy impressed me, as did the courtesy of the people. I saw the freedom citizens enjoy and was determined to stay.”

The first of Nassiri’s many successes came in the fashion retail business, which he began in Southern California and later moved to Las Vegas. He continued to build his fashion empire by becoming one of the largest fashion wholesale distributors in the U.S., and through his sound financial real estate investments. He can now dedicate his time fully to his life-long passions: writing and recording music, and making films throughout the world, to spread his message of peace, love and harmony.

Nassiri’s Love Sees No Color Foundation was formed as a private 501(c)3 foundation to help improve the lives of people globally. His mission is simple: to identify people in need, and assertively step in to improve their conditions. Nassiri is able to foster projects with a view of promoting human dignity and peace, and reducing poverty throughout the world. Active projects include:

Marwadi Village – a community of over 600 homeless people, located outside of Agra, India. Monthly supplies of food, clothing, and medicine are provided to the villagers. Plans are being made to build a multi-purpose building so the villagers have bathing facilities and areas to further the children’s education and provide hope for the future.

Love Sees No Color Ethnic Diversity Curriculum – Lee Antonello Elementary School, Las Vegas. Nassiri donated a special grant to the Public Education Foundation to fund the creation and implementation of this curriculum, which partners Nassiri’s world peace anthem, “Love Sees No Color,” with character traits.
The Cher Charitable Foundation – The foundation’s primary endeavors have included support of health research and patient quality of life, anti-poverty initiatives, veterans’ rights, and vulnerable children.
Condtributing to Mandela’s Children’s Fund – In South Africa, Nassiri made a $100,000 donation to Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund, “Players for Peace.”

Currently, Nassiri is gearing up for his September 16 launch of Love Sees No Color, an album and video project. He wrote and recorded all of the songs in his Las Vegas Studio. “Music is a universal language,” said Nassiri. “Whether you speak the language or not, music touches you.”

Nassiri’s title track and debut album, entitled “Loves Sees No Color,” is an original compilation that speaks musically, lyrically and spiritually to the common bonds of the races of the earth. Though his unique music’s the positive words and message, Nassiri has built a loyal fan base that promises to grow even deeper and stronger with the album’s national distribution by KOCH. Worldwide, it is available directly through www.Nassiri.com.

Cinema Without Borders, Bridging The Borders Award, will be presented to Mr. Nassiri in a public event soon.

About Cinema Without Borders’ Bridging The Borders Award
The Bridging The Borders Award is presented to a leading filmmaker or film artist who has demonstrated his or her unwavering commitment to bringing the world closer together through the art of film. The first recipient of the award, presented at this year’s Palm Spring International Film Festival, was the director of the Sony Picture Classics’ film Band’s Visit, Eran Kolirin, in a ceremony which received considerable coverage in the consumer and trade media.

Cinema Without Borders (www.cinemawithoutborders.com) covers the world of international film and digital media from a global perspective. With a readership of over 250,000 unique visitors each month, including film enthusiasts and professionals from around the globe, the site features news, interviews, film reviews, original columns and opinion on the major films, film festivals and film events worldwide. Cinema Without Borders was founded in 2007 and is a publication of Burbank-based Dragon Tale Entertainment.

About Nassiri Entertainment
Nassiri Entertainment was formed by CEO Eassa Nassiri to create and produce international film productions that further the message of peace and love through Nassiri’s music. “Love Sees No Color,” a cinematic music video, was filmed in 18 countries, with a cast of thousands, and sung in 15 languages with 18 directors and producers, and compiled from over 800 hours of footage. This epic film premiered at the ‘07 Cannes Film Festival, and received the “World Visionary” Award from the 23rd annual Boston Film Festival in September ‘07. The short film also met the AMPAS exhibition guidelines to be screened for Oscar qualification. From this adventurous journey, a 90-minute documentary, “Love Sees No Color – A Documentary of PEACE!” was produced and captures the drama which unfolded during the making of this significant international project. For more, please visit www.nassiri.com

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Bijan Tehrani

Bijan Tehrani a film director, film critic and writer, works as editor in chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language of Film and Film History at workshops nationwide. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children's books.

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