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Thursday, February 15, 2007 

J-Lo makes a film of importance, but should she have taken an award from Amnesty Intl?

Jennifer Lopez has put together a movie based on a subject that I once spoke about a while back - the murders of as many as 400 women in Juarez, Mexico, since 1993:
BERLIN (AP) - Jennifer Lopez has been honored by Amnesty International for producing and starring in "Bordertown," a new film examining the murders of women in a Mexican border city.

Lopez said she felt very humbled to receive the human rights group's Artists for Amnesty award Wednesday from East Timor's Prime Minister Jose Ramos-Horta, a Nobel Peace laureate.

The 38-year-old singer-actress plays an investigative journalist reporting on the serial killings of women in Ciudad Juarez, on Mexico's border with the U.S.

Amnesty International puts the number of women and girls killed in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua since 1993 - many after being kidnapped and raped - at more than 400.

Lopez described it as "one of the world's most shocking and disturbing, underreported crimes against humanity."

Also at Wednesday's ceremony was Norma Andrade, whose 17-year-old daughter was found murdered in February 2001. She co-founded Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa (Our Daughters Back Home), which represents mothers and families of the murdered women.

"She's a remarkable woman and a true inspiration," Lopez said.

"Bordertown," directed by Gregory Nava and also starring Antonio Banderas and Martin Sheen, was to premiere Thursday at the Berlin film festival.
Now this is certainly an important case, and it's good that they thought to make a movie about it, but, considering that Amnesty is otherwise a corrupt organization that has done dishonest and hurtful things before, that's why I have to wonder: should J-Lo have accepted an award from them? I really don't think she should have. To take an award of any sort from that bunch of phonies is simply stupid. That doesn't mean I and you can't see the movie, but all the same, I think she should've shunned Amnesty and let them know who they really are.

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