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Christopher Awards Go To "42" And "Gimme Shelter"

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The featured films 42 and Gimme Shelter, along with a television documentary and a book about martyred priests from, respectively, Poland and the United States, were the winners of the recently announced 2014 Christopher Awards.

The 65th annual award recognition by The Christophers celebrated films, television and books that affirm the highest values of the human spirit. The motto for The Christophers, which is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition of service to God and humanity, is “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

Jackie Robinson’s story about breaking baseball’s racial barrier in 42 was one of four feature films to be honored. The others were Gimme Shelter (the efforts of a New Jersey woman to help a pregnant teen bring her baby to term and to shun abortion), Gravity (fictional tale of a space-station disaster and an astronaut’s own emotional and spiritual journey during rescue efforts) and the animated family favorite Frozen (loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale The Snow Queen).

Television And Books

In the television and cable category, the award recipients included:

  • Jerzy Popieluszko: Messenger of the Truth, a production of PBS station WTTW in Chicago that documented the martyred Polish priest’s efforts to bring about the downfall of the communist government nonviolently during the 1980s.
  • Brooklyn Castle, a PBS documentary that featured a winning chess team at a junior high school in Brooklyn, where many families live below the poverty line.
  • Unbreakable -- a segment of ABC’s 20/20 that profiles Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai, who was not deterred after an assassination attempt to see girls receive an education.

In the book category for adults, The Miracle of Father Kapaun was one of five award recipients. Written by Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying, this is the story of a Korean War chaplain who was taken prisoner. His ministry to soldiers posthumously earned him the Medal of Honor. Another five titles were chosen in the books for young people category.

For a complete list and additional information about the winners of this year’s awards, please visit The Christophers website.

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