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"Poveda" wins Mirabile Dictu award for best film

2016-07-06

The Mirabile Dictu festival announced its list of winners. They are filmmakers, journalists and visual artists whose works add something special to the industry.

Rome Reports competed in the category of best director with the documentary short film "On the Border of Hell. Persecuted Christians in Iraq," which recounts the drama Christian families experience when escaping the Daesh.

"We are from Mosul. At 6 a.m. we received a message: either we pay the tax because we are Christians, or they will cut off our head."

It was recorded in Erbil, in the Iraqi Kurdistan, just four months after the arrival of the jihadists to cities like Mosul and the Nineveh Plains.

The final winner in this category was Fr. Stephen Tang Gun for his short film "The Confession." 

In the category of best film, "Poveda" took the prize. It is a biography of the life of St. Pedro Poveda, a Spanish priest who worked to revolutionize education for women and disadvantaged children in the 30s.

"Our brothers lack so much and it's time to look at the underdog, the hungry, the naked, the children without schooling."

In the category of best director,  Peter Schreiner won with his film, "Lampedusa." It is about the life of an African refugee after arriving on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The best documentary was "A Life is Never Wasted" by Krzysztof Tadej on two Polish missionary martyrs who were killed in Peru by the Shining Path, the communist party in the country.

Mirabile Dictu prizes were created in 2010. They are considered the "Oscars” of the Catholic cinema. They recognize audiovisual works that are inspired by Christianity both in their subject matter and how they are portrayed.