A Massachusetts filmmaker will be the recipient of this year’s Jonathan Daniels Award at the Monadnock International Film Festival next month.
Beth Murphy is being honored for her documentary “What Tomorrow Brings” (2015), which tells the story of the first girls’ school in a rural village in Afghanistan, according to a news release from the festival.
“I’ve always believed in the power of education, but the impact of education in Afghanistan is even more notable. Before this school, the girls only saw a life of servitude for themselves. Now they see so much more,” Murphy said in the news release.
The Jonathan Daniels Award is presented annually to filmmakers “whose work shines a light on social responsibility and celebrates selfless acts,” according to the release. Its namesake, Daniels, was a Keene native, civil rights activist and Episcopal seminarian, who was shot to death in 1965 while shielding a black teenager from gunfire in Hayneville, Ala.
Last year, the film festival gave the Jonathan Daniels Award to Brian Oakes, director of the documentary “Jim, The James Foley Story” (2016) about the New Hampshire journalist murdered in Syria in 2014.
The fifth annual Monadnock International Film Festival is April 20 to 23. Murphy will be honored Saturday, April 22, after a screening of her film at The Colonial Theatre in Keene. A Q&A with Murphy is scheduled after she accepts her award.