A documentary film on the city’s faith-based emergency food programs, created by Fordham’s Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty, has taken first place in the short documentary category at the Williamsburg International Film Festival, which ran from Sept. 18 to 21.
The 2013 film, Our Daily Bread: Feeding the Hungry in New York City, was directed by Dale Lindquist, L.C.S.W., D.Min., co-director of the Beck institute and a professor in the Graduate School of Social Service. The 45-minute documentary profiles three emergency food programs in New York City, all organized and run by churches and their affiliates.
In an interview, Lindquist said that many people do not realize just how much the faith community does to help the poor.
“From large programs in dedicated buildings to very modest programs running out of basements in churches, synagogues and mosques, there are incredible stories,” he said.
Lindquist, a former documentary filmmaker, also runs Fordham’s online master’s in social work program.