Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) documentary film wins festival award
“Rise and Dream” received Thin Line Film Fest’s Euline and Horace Brock Audience Choice Award. The award is presented to the documentary receiving the highest number of votes from the audience.
CFCA’s film had its world premiere Saturday, Feb. 11, at Thin Line Film Fest in Denton, Texas. The film was shown a second time Monday evening as part of a showcase of award winners.
Paul Pearce, executive producer of the film and CFCA’s director of global strategy, was in attendance to accept the recognition and answer questions following the screening.
“The audiences are expressing a deep appreciation for CFCA’s approach to embracing persons of all faiths and backgrounds,” Pearce said. “They are also appreciative of how we are creating a space for unity and collaboration, and thanking us for giving them a tool that they will be able to show their friends.”
“Rise and Dream” follows the story of 13 teenagers living with the challenges of poverty in a volatile region of the Philippines. The teens, who were all either sponsored though CFCA or in the CFCA Scholarship Program during filming, volunteer to learn the music traditions of their culture for a once-in-a-lifetime concert in front of 10,000 people from their communities.
“The viewers are connecting deeply to the 13 teens, their parents, their hard work, their pursuit of education and their care of each other,” Pearce said. “They are seeing and feeling the one human family we all long for. I feel people are leaving with a bounce in their step to keep this vision alive in their lives and with their loved ones, and to help get the word out about the work of CFCA.”
CFCA made the film to raise awareness of the gifts and potential of families living in poverty and to share CFCA’s mission with new audiences.
Terri Urbina, a Denton resident and festival volunteer, was unfamiliar with CFCA before seeing the film. She left impacted by the film’s message.
“Rise and Dream is an incredibly uplifting film on many levels,” Urbina said. “Not only is it a delight to the senses, with the gorgeous visuals and the inspiring music, but the message of love and hope touched me very deeply. I think people of all ages will be inspired by this film to make a change, love more deeply, respect others, and above all else be thankful for what we have every day.”
The film will be available for distribution this summer.
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