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'Rise and Dream' wins best documentary award

November 20, 2012

John Paul II film festival

MIAMI — "Rise and Dream" received the Reel Rose Best Documentary Film Award at the John Paul II International Film Festival, which took place Nov. 8-17 at Florida International University.

"We are honored and humbled for the film and for CFCA sponsored friends and their families to be recognized," said Paul Pearce, executive producer for "Rise and Dream" and CFCA's director of global strategy. "This award will help the film continue to stimulate hope-filled conversations about the dignity and value of marginalized families around the world."

"Rise and Dream" follows the story of 13 teenagers living with the challenges of poverty in a volatile region of the Philippines.

The teens volunteer to learn the music traditions of their culture for a once-in-a-lifetime concert for 10,000 people from marginalized communities.

CFCA made the film to raise awareness of the gifts and potential of families living in poverty and to share CFCA's work with new audiences.

"Rise and Dream" screened on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the university's law school theater.

The festival aims to promote films exemplifying the ideals of the late Pope John Paul II, who challenged artists to respond to the world’s need for truth, love and peace.

KidsonstageThis is the third film festival award for "Rise and Dream." The film had its world premiere in February at the Thin Line Film Fest in Denton, Texas, where it won the Euline and Horace Brock Audience Choice Award. In October, "Rise and Dream" received honorable mention in the Human Spirit category at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

“Rise and Dream” will be shown in the Atlanta area at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 and 1 p.m. on Nov. 24 on cable channel WATC TV 57.

For the latest film news and listings of public showings, visit www.riseanddream.com. The film is also available on DVD through the website.

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