May 19 - Actor Sean Penn is honored in Cannes for his Haiti charity work. Cindy Martin reports.
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Sean Penn was honoured in Cannes for his humanitarian work for Haiti.
The Cinema for Peace foundation praised the Oscar-winning actor for his help in rebuilding the devastated country, following last year's earthquake which killed more than 300,000 people and left millions homeless.
Penn created the J/P Haitian Relief Organization (HRO) shortly after the disaster and has pledged his life-long allegiance to helping the country get back on its feet.
On the red carpet for the honorary dinner, Penn remained humble about receiving the recognition.
SOUNDBITE: Actor Sean Penn, saying (English):
"No, I don't know that I'm being honoured. I think the organisation is announcing itself and what it does and hoping the support of the people here."
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was also on hand with high praise for the star and philanthropist.
SOUNDBITE: Movie Executive Harvey Weinstein, saying (English):
"How amazing. Seriously, forget about the Oscars, let's talk about the Nobel Peace Prize. Seriously this guy has done ridiculous work, not movie star work - real humanitarian, beyond belief. Reading the accounts of his efforts and knowing him full hand this is astonishing work, like nobody else in our country."
Other stars honouring Penn included his fellow jury members Robert De Niro and Uma Thurman -- as well as Jane Fonda, Rosario Dawson, and Ryan Gosling.
Cindy Martin, Reuters
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