Columbia University Brings Alfred I. duPont Award Winner to Jacksonville

For the first time, Columbia University will bring one of its Alfred I. duPont Award-winning documentaries to Jacksonville for a special what-tomorrow-brings-copyscreening and discussion with the filmmaker.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund will welcome representatives of Columbia University, the Alfred I. duPont Awards program and filmmaker Beth Murphy when they visit Jacksonville March 30. The event is in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the awards program, which was established by Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her husband.

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 the event March 30, contact Sidney England at sengland@dupontfund.org.

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 .