On Sunday night TVN, one of the largest broadcast companies in Panama, held a Heroes of Panama event where they selected from the top ten nominated philantropists in the country and awarded one the "Hero of Panama" award as well as a check for $30,000 (USD). Because of his work in rural Panama, and thanks to an online vote, Father Wally "Padre Pablo" won the prestigious award!
Father Wally is clearly shocked at the result, as you can see in the subtitled video below.
Congratulations Padre, you deserve every bit of it.
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A film by Kurt Sensenbrenner, a 2015 MFA graduate of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, was named an official selection of the 2016 Harlem International Film Festival.
From Mass to the Mountain was shot in eastern Panama, and tells the story of the tireless efforts of a local priest who has worked to build infrastructure, protect watersheds, and conserve the rain forest in a region impoverished by decades of government corruption and neglect.
The documentary, co-directed by Sensenbrenner and Colin Sytsma, will have its U.S. premiere on Friday, Sept. 16 at 6 pm at MIST Theater in New York City.
Sensenbrenner was also the director of photography for the documentary short The Game Changer, directed by Hofstra graduate Indrani Kopal’15, which was also named a selection of the Harlem International Film Festival in 2014 as well as many other festivals worldwide.
The 11th annual Harlem International Film Festival runs Sept. 14-18, 2016.
Watch a trailer:
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