Actress Jolie takes plight of kidnapped Nigerian girls to red carpet
Friday, May 09, 2014 - 01:47
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, in London to promote her new film ''Maleficent,'' uses the event to renew her plea for the safe return of more than 200 Nigerian school girls kidnapped by Islamist rebels.
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STORY: She was in London to promote her new film "Maleficent", but Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie used the event at Kensington Palace on Thursday (May 8) to renew her plea for the safe return of more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian school girls who were taken by Islamist group Boko Haram.
The actress, who is known for her philanthropic work and currently serves as a United Nations special envoy, said she was touched to see peoples' concern for the girls.
People around the world have been showing their support by taking part in protests and joining online campaigns calling for the girls' rescue. First Lady Michelle Obama and human rights activist Malala Yousafzai are among those backing an online campaign and have posted photos of themselves holding a sign reading "#Bring Back Our Girls."
The actress joined guests at Thursday's event which also saw a special costume display, which included outfits worn by Jolie and the rest of the film's cast.
"Maleficent", which is a modern take on Disney's 1959 "Sleeping Beauty" classic, is also the directing debut of Robert Stromberg who won Oscars for his production design work on James Cameron's "Avatar" and Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland".
The film is scheduled to hit theatres on May 28.
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