May 31, 2019

The Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (IBC) is celebrating a successful 2018-2019 television season with a diverse slate of documentaries airing on ABC affiliated stations nationwide. 

The season kicked off in October with Forgiveness: The Secret of Peace, a moving film exploring the life and work of Father Ubald Rugrangoga, a Catholic priest in Rwanda who advocates forgiveness as a pathway to reconciliation and peace in the aftermath of the country’s 1994 genocide. The IBC followed that up in November with an encore presentation of Have Nagilaa delightful and humorous history of everyone’s favorite Jewish standard (Weddings and bar mitzvahs will never be the same!).

February saw the premiere of Brightness of Noon: The Intersect of Faith, Immigration and Refugees – Part II, the second half of a two-part documentary revealing the struggles of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees to find safe haven in the United States and the faith activists welcoming them. Upwards of four million viewers tuned in for this compelling program –an audience bigger than some primetime television shows! 

The season’s final documentary, Everyday Heroes,is an inspiring journey of hope as it chronicles the Catholic Men of the Knights of Columbus whose courage, faith and commitment to charity embody the mission of their fraternal service organization. The film debuted on ABC affiliate stations on May 19 and runs through July 14.

 The IBC will announce the films for the 2019-2020 season in the coming weeks. The window for submissions for that slate is now closed. However, filmmakers with a faith-based program interested in submitting their work for future consideration can visit the IBC’s page on where the next round for applications will open in November.

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