IAJU announces “Four Dreams” film festival winners

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Four Dreams Film Contest!

Grand Prix: “Dreaming in a Destroyed Country” by Ziad Tannouri, Saint Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon)

Spirituality Special Prize: “Light in Manuel” by Beatriz Garrido Bellón, Universidad Loyola Andalucía (Sevilla, Spain)

Excluded Special Prize: “Angels of the night” by Ana Beatriz Mota Acioli, Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil)

Youth Special Prize: “Guests” by Aldo Isaac Tiscareño Rodríguez, Instituto Techológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITSEO) (Guadalajara, México)

Ecology Special Prize: “The book smuggler poet” by João Borges Mesquita Guimarães Santos, Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil)

In 2021, IAJU launched the Four Dreams Film Contest in collaboration with the Jesuit Curia in Rome to celebrate the Ignatian Year. Students at Jesuit higher education institutions around the world were called to submit videos embodying the four Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs):

  1. Showing the Way to God
  2. Walking with the Excluded
  3. Journeying with Youth
  4. Care for Our Common Home

The videos showcase our students’ heroes: individuals or groups our students see as making a difference according to the four UAPs.

More than sixty films were submitted from twenty-four countries: an example of what successful interapostolic and inter-university collaboration can look like. Rev. John Dardis, S.J., General Counsellor for Discernment and Apostolic Planning and Director of Communications for the General Curia of the Society of Jesus in Rome, remarked: “Jesuits run schools and universities fundamentally because we believe in young people. This is a huge and wonderful mission for higher education and especially for discerning Jesuit universities today. This little project hopefully made a small contribution to that.”

Watch submissions on the Four Dreams Film Contestwebsite.

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