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48 HOURS: THE WHOLE GRITTY CITY has been honored with the Christopher Award

48 HOURS: THE WHOLE GRITTY CITY has been honored with the Christopher Award.

Hosted by Wynton Marsalis, this poignant, feature length documentary is about the transformative power of music. It goes behind the scenes with three dedicated New Orleans marching band directors working to prepare students to march in Mardi Gras parades. But they accomplish much more as their students experience significant personal growth from being required to exhibit camaraderie, discipline, and endurance.

The film, by Richard Barber, a 48 HOURS editor-producer, and Andre Lambertson, a cinematographer and photojournalist, follows the lives of five band students. All have lost someone close to them to violence, yet each finds self-respect, purpose, solace and joy in the marching band.

Since 1949 the Christopher Awards have honored media (TV programming, feature films, books for adults and children) that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit”. Their goal is to ‘encourage artists to pursue excellence in creative arenas that have the potential to influence large audiences in a positive way.”

*Congratulations to the entire team behind THE WHOLE GRITTY CITY!*

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