VENICE— Natalie Portman has been honored with the first Movie for Humanity Award at the Venice Film Festival, according to news reports.
Portman, 27, is the first recipient for the award, given to film artists devoted to humanitarian causes. As part of the special accolade, she also received a trophy and a $50,000 cash prize, which she donated to a charity in Tanzania.
The “Star Wars” prequel trilogy star makes her directorial debut in the short film “Eve,” which is being screened at the film festival.
Portman is seriously involved with social and environmental programs, including the Tacare Girl’s Scholarship Program of the Jane Goodall Institute, a non-profit organization carrying out wildlife research in Tanzania.
The prizes were awarded at the Kineo Italian Movie Awards in Venice.
Portman reflected on her ties to Israel in one of a series of Jewish Journal articles leading up to Israel’s 60th anniversary.