We finally know what the “secret projects” that Freida’s involved in are! Indiewire reported that she’s starring in the Belgian/Congo period romance drama titled The Catastrophist. Freida will play the Italian journalist Ines, next to Dan Stevens from Downtown Abbey and rapper K’Naan in this “love story, historical novel and troubling reflection on Africa’s ongoing political upheaval.” Filming is due to start in Tanzania in February 2013. The other project, reported by Forbes, is a movie about life in Iran for a young man who’s trying to push the limits of the repressive culture. It’s sort of like Footloose in Iran. Reece Ritchie is the dancing fool, Freida plays his girlfriend. First time director Afshin Ghaffarin is directing. Now word yet on when production starts.
Two very different projects, but both will be interesting to follow. Freida has said that she’s been working out for the past months for a film role, could it be for the latter one? Which one are you most excited to see?
Here’s another reason to love Freida Pinto. She’s currently on a three-day visit in Sierra Leone to encourage children in Makeni “not to give up hope” as there is a bright future ahead of them because of the courage and determination she has seen in them. Speaking to the children at the Girls Making Media Project, Freida Pinto stated that children have right to education, and their rights are to be respected and preserved even by their parents and the communities they find themselves.
“I am here also to learn from these girls,” she declared, adding, “I am really moved by the courage of the children because at their ages, they can be able to use the media effectively and they know what they want, and they can speak to their parents about what they want. This has made me believe strongly that even with the ten years war this country has gone through, you the girls still have hope and I really admire the way you look and analyze issues affecting your lives,” she stated.
During her interaction with some of the girls involved in child rights advocacy, the Slumdog Millionaire star questioned the girls about their aspirations and why they decided to be advocates for their rights and the rights of their colleagues. The girl advocates and some of the girls explained different experiences and encounters with their families, friends, and even society with regards discrimination against girls. Freida Pinto assured the girls that she will pay attention to their stories as they have reported to her to ensure that their world is made a better place for them. She noted, “It does not take a famous person to make changes but the will and mind set of the individual.”
She said that throughout her trip, all that she has learnt from the children will strengthen her hope and resolve in her campaign to empower young girls and boys for the development of the world. During the meeting with the Deputy Mayor of Makeni, Isatu Fofanah, she said she was happy for the visit and disclosed that in the past, education for girls in the district was a taboo as parents do not send their girl- child to school, but the inception of FAWE awareness about sending the girl-child to school washed away that old held tradition that discriminated against the girl-child being sent to school. “With this awareness by FAWE, girls are now coming out and getting education and this has helped them to take part in decision making processes in their communities,” she noted. She however expressed concern that they are still grappling with what she said was “the admiration” girls are having for their colleagues involved in petty trading which she said “is seriously impacting on the level at which the girls go in their education.” She called for civil society engagement in this area, “to preserve the continuity of girls in schools and vocational institutions,” she said.
Big thanks to visitor Emmanuelle for the heads up and the Awoko Newspaper for the article. How great is Freida?!
Freida Pinto has been a regular at international film festivals ever since Slumdog Millionaire started her career back in 2008. She made her debut at Cannes last year, and is set to attend this year too, reports DNA India. While there have been speculations about Freida attending the festival, her spokesperson sets the record straight, saying “Freida Pinto will be attending and walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival to be held from 16 to 27 May this year. This will be her second time at Cannes. She will be there supporting the brand she endorses (L’Oreal Paris). She is looking forward to the festival this year and hopes to have a good time.”
While the day on which Freida makes her appearance is yet to be decided, sources close to her insist that she will be walking the red carpet on May 17. Pinto, who is currently in Los Angeles,will fly to Cannes directly from there. However, contrary to reports that suggest that boyfriend, actor Dev Patel will accompany her to the film festival, sources say that she will be making a solo appearance. “Freida would have loved to have Dev accompany her, but unfortunately that is not possible. Dev is busy with his commitments, and can’t adjust his dates for Cannes. And since Freida is the face of the brand, she will walk the red carpet alone.”
Freida has been busy shooting (a yet-to-be announced project) round the clock, and also reading a couple of scripts. Her trip to Cannes would be brief this year as she’ll be flying back to L.A. once she makes a red carpet appearance for the brand. “Freida has had a really busy schedule, so she hasn’t had the time to take a vacation. Though she would love to come to India, she will mostly not to be able to make it. What she will wear to the red carpet is also being worked out now,” the source reveals. We will, of course, be providing you with all the coverage from Freida’s appearance!
On May 2, Freida Pinto attended a party for Roger Vivier, hosted at the home of brand consultant/ambassador Anne Crawford. The exclusive party was held the night before the opening of Roger Vivier‘s Costa Mesa, Calif., boutique, the first on the west coast. Thanks to JustJared.com, we have two pictures of Freida attending the event.