The Catholic University of America

Oct. 5, 2007

Opus Prize Film Series at CUA to Explore 'Pursuit of Human Dignity'

In October a three-part documentary film series tied to the $1 million Opus Prize will explore the theme of social justice. Titled "In Pursuit of Human Dignity," the series includes talks by the documentary filmmakers.

Following are details about the filmmakers and the screenings, which are free and open to the CUA community.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.: screening of the 2007 documentary "Sold: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade," which follows three abolitionists from three different faith traditions, each working to combat slavery in a different part of the world. Jody Hassett Sanchez, director and producer, will be on hand to talk about the movie. William Barbieri, associate dean for graduate studies, School of Theology and Religious Studies, will facilitate the event. Caldwell Hall, Auditorium.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.: screening of the 2006 documentary "Black Diamonds," which looks at the impact of surface coal extraction on the environment and communities of West Virginia. Catherine Pancake, director and producer, will talk about the film afterward. Jennifer Horne, assistant professor of media studies, will facilitate the event. Caldwell Hall, Auditorium.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.: screening of the 2007 documentary "The Power of Forgiveness," which examines the role forgiveness can play in alleviating anger and grief, as well as the physical, mental and spiritual benefits that come with forgiveness. Adele Schmidt, producer and editor, will talk about the movie afterward. Linda Plitt Donaldson, assistant professor of social work, will facilitate the event. Caldwell Hall, Auditorium.

Organized by the Division of Student Life and the Opus Prize Committee, in collaboration with CUA's academic departments, the film screenings will be followed by other events this fall that are all tied to the theme of the Opus Prize. For more information about the prize and the finalists, visit

The Opus Prize Foundation, in partnership with The Catholic University of America, will award the $1 million Opus Prize at a dinner Nov. 8 at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. The award honors an unsung humanitarian hero - either an individual or an organization - for social entrepreneurship and dedication to transforming the lives of those challenged by poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease and injustice. This year's three Opus Prize finalists will visit the CUA campus Nov. 6 to 8.