Columbia University Brings Alfred I. duPont Award Winner to Jacksonville

Columbia University brought one of its Alfred I. duPont Award-winning documentaries to Jacksonville in late March for a special what-tomorrow-brings-copyscreening and discussion with the filmmaker. It was the first time the Columbia Journalism School hosted such a screening outside of its home campus.

The event was in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the awards program, which was established by Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her husband.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund welcomed representatives of the Journalism School, the Alfred I. duPont Awards program and filmmaker Beth Murphy. Murphy’s film, “What Tomorrow Brings,” documents one woman’s effort to establish and sustain a school for girls in war-torn Afghanistan. Murphy spent six years following the school’s founder, Razia Jan, and filming at the school, where the student population grew from 109 to 600 girls and young women.

‘Educating girls in Afghanistan means finding a precarious balance between hope and tradition, even at the best of times,” Murphy said. “I am hopeful that while the film brings attention to the precariousness of girls education … it can also spotlight a community that is lighting the way for others.”

Murphy’s film became a central part of Foreverstan: Afghanistan and the Road to Ending America’s Longest War, a multimedia journalism project by the GroundTruth Project. Foreverstan received a national Edward R. Murrow Award from Radio Television Digital News Association.

“What Tomorrow Brings” was among 14 reporting projects to receive Alfred I. duPont Awards during Columbia’s annual ceremony in January.

To learn more about Foreverstan, visit http://foreverstan.com/ .

To learn more about the history of the Alfred I. duPont awards, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGjGuxKoCTU&feature=youtu.be .