The locally-produced film, “A Ripple of Hope,” has been named top documentary at the 17th annual Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis.
The 55-minute film, made by Don Boggs, details the night Robert Kennedy spoke to Indianapolis after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The film was produced by Anderson University’s Covenant Productions® and captures one poignant day in the life of RFK.
On April 4, 1968, the day King was assassinated, Robert Kennedy was in the midst of a presidential campaign that was attempting to bridge the racial and economic divisions. As word of the assassination spread, riots and fires erupted in cities across the nation.
Though urged to cancel a rally before a mixed crowd in the inner city of Indianapolis, Robert Kennedy refused. With digitally restored news footage, the film had original music by Grammy Award-winner John Colby.
Other Audience Choice Award winners, which are voted on by the moviegoers, were:
“Go,” featuring a movement by children to raise money for Ugandan schools, was Official Selection for Best Short Film.
“Captain Abu Raed,” a drama about a Jordanian janitor, was named the Grand Prize Winner and the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature. The movie is Amin Matalqa’s quiet observation on dreams and possibilities.
—From the Herald Bulletin in Anderson. Story republished with permission.
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