In a time of civil unrest and divide, it’s important to acknowledge artists creating works that contain powerful messages exploring human diversity. Today, the 2013 HUMANITAS finalists were announced, celebrating media exploring diverse stories of humanity. As Fr. Ellwood “Bud” Kieser, the founder of the Humanitas Prize states, “By bringing into our living rooms human beings who are very different from ourselves in culture, race, lifestyle, political loyalties and religious beliefs, we can dissolve the walls of ignorance and fear that separate us from one another.” Here are a few of this year’s nominees. Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained, David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook and Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station.

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Past Miramax winners include:

Dirty Pretty Things written by Steven Knight

Iris written by Richard Eyre and Charles Wood

Past Miramax nominees include:

John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt

Ronald Harwood for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Hanif Kureishi for Venus

David Magee for Finding Neverland

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for Good Will Hunting

HumanitasLogoBlueThe HUMANITAS Prize was created in 1974 to celebrate television
programs which affirm the dignity of the human person, explore the
meaning of life, enlighten the use of human freedom and reveal to
each person our common humanity.

More information on the HUMANITAS PRIZE can be found here.

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