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Armani is sponsoring this unique never before event.  Giorgio Armani’s niece Roberta starts by reading a statemen of support for Sean Penn’s work in Haiti.  Penn, Petra Nemcova, and Paul Haggis are on the dais. Their three organizations for Haiti are holding a joint all star fundraiser tonight in Cannes, endorsed by the festival.
Sean: “Central problem in Haiti is poverty. Paul Haggis’s group was there before the earthquake, in 2008.”
Haggis: “Before the quake no one gave a damn about Haiti. I stayed there because of the people.” Haggis couldn’t get into Haiti. Penn organized planes and doctors. “Sean is a hero of mine.”
Petra: “We were there in 2007. We came to build schools. After the first anniversary of a disaster, people forget. We come in one year later. It  will take ten years to rebuild Haiti.”
Sean: “The organizations have solidarity. This is an expression and shared voice⿦it’s basic love between people.  Mathematically Haiti has never had a chance. It’s not defined by the earthquake.
Sean:  “It is time for our formidable and elegant president stand by side with the new president of Haiti.”
Haggis: “We’re three white people. What we do is work with grass roots organizations on the ground.”
Petra: “We don’t want to focus on the past.”
Haggis: “Lots of other people working hard on this, like Donna Karan.  There is so much hope in Haiti.”

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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