British film director Ken Loach (L) reacts next to director Jiri Menzel after receiving the Honorary Golden Bear award for his lifetime achievement at the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz
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The Oxford University graduate began his film career in what was known at the time as "kitchen-sink" realism and his films have often focused on outcasts, social problems and on occasion on the British role in Ireland."Cathy Comes Home", which was aired as a docudrama on the BBC and aroused a storm of phone calls to the state broadcaster, had the modest goal of shining a light on the plight of families split up in some circumstances due to welfare rules at the time, Loach said.Loach is being honoured with a special tribute by the film festival, its Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement.
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