GMA docu triumphs in US Int’l Film and Video fest


GMA Network’s documentary program Front Row won the 2015 One World Award in the US International Film & Video Festival (USIFVF) in addition to its Gold Camera Award finish at the same festival.

Front Row’s winning entry was entitled “ALS”, a feature on the neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The poignant episode took viewers beyond the viral Ice Bucket Challenge and showed the real story behind the disease through the eyes of ALS patients and their families.

“GMA Network won the One World Award for a second year in a row. I don’t believe that has ever happened before,” said Lee Gluckman Jr., chairman of the US International Film and Video Festival. Last year, GMA News TV won the One World Award for Brigada’s “Gintong Krudo,” a documentary to raise awareness for child labor in the Philippines.

The One World Award was established more than 25 years ago by the International Quorum of Motion Pictures Producers to honor a work that fosters international understanding. USIFVF Gold medalists are in the running for the One World Award, one of the grand prizes given at the Festival.

Front Row’s One World Award-winning documentary tells the story of two compelling faces diagnosed with ALS. They were dramatically documented as their respective families continue the fight amidst difficulties in battling the deadly disease, their situations even made harder as they realize their loved ones could just be waiting for death. No cure has yet been found for ALS.


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