ADL Honors Student Filmmakers with Prestigious Dore Schary Award
New York, N.Y., July 1, 2004 … Honoring student filmmakers for using their medium in the fight against anti-Semitism, hatred, prejudice and bigotry, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) announced the winners of the 17th annual ADL Dore Schary Awards.
"Guguletu Ballet," a documentary tracing the story of a white South African ballet dancer, who begins teaching ballet to black children from the poorest South African townships, was awarded top honors in the Documentary category. Kristin Pichaske of Stanford University was presented with the $2,000 top prize for her film.
In the Narrative Film category, "Fueling the Fire," was presented with the top prize. This beautifully directed film explores how perception is colored by social background, life experiences, racism and prejudices. Tanja Mairitsch of the American Film Institute was awarded the $2,000 prize.
"We are pleased to present these awards in honor of one of the film industry greats, and former ADL National Chairman, the late Dore Schary," said Barbara B. Balser, ADL National Chair. "These student filmmakers, all of whom invested many hours in writing, producing and directing their films, are helping to bring ADL's message of fighting hatred, bigotry and anti-Semitism to the public."
ADL established the Dore Schary Awards in 1982 to honor the memory of the filmmaker for his contribution to the art of the motion picture – and for his leadership as ADL National Chairman. The awards are presented each year to student film and video productions on themes that fall within ADL's mission to promote human rights, combat bigotry and prejudice and to secure justice and fair treatment for all people.
Dore Schary (1905-1980) was one of Hollywood's most distinguished writers, directors and producers. His 372 film credits, including production roles on "Boys Town" and "Crossfire," one of the first major studio films to confront anti-Semitism, are eloquent testimony to his love of people and his passionate respect for their diversity.
The Awards were presented on June 22 at a ceremony at the St. Regis Hotel in Century City, CA.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.