TV Drama Wins Top Honors At Catholic Media Awards

Japan
2004-12-10 00:00:00

A television drama series that depicted love and devotion in family relations won the Korean bishops´ top media award for 2004.

The Committee for Social Communication of the Catholic Bishops´ Conference of Korea presented six awards on Dec. 2 during the 14th Korea Catholic Mass Communication Awards ceremony, held at the Press Center in downtown Seoul.

"More Beautiful Than A Flower," produced by Korea Broadcasting System, won the grand prix. The TV series, which aired from Jan. 1 to Apr. 14, portrayed a family in which the mother develops Alzheimer´s disease. Veteran actress Ko Du-shim starred as the mother, showing deep maternal affection for her children and dramatizing the importance of family.

The bishops´ committee said the drama stood out among many sexually oriented and sensational TV dramas by depicting the universal theme of "family and mother´s devotion" with frank insight, underlining the authenticity of love.

"I´ll interpret this award as encouragement to make good TV dramas with more humanity," producer Kim Chul-kyu said in accepting it. "I´ll try my best to produce TV dramas of life and love. I wish to get another award," he added.

Actress Ko that while playing the role of the mother, she gained insight into love and devotion "and felt keenly the necessity of these qualities."

Korean TV productions are gaining popularity elsewhere in Asia. They are shown in other countries including Japan, the Philippines and Thailand.

In an address read by Father Basil Cho Kyu-man, secretary general of the bishops´ committee, Bishop Paul Choi Deog-ki of Suwon observed that people get news from many media sources, and mass communication tools have penetrated daily life. "But the Church considers the media a new language, not mere tools or devices, and tries to understand the meaning of change which is brought about by the new culture formed by media," the message continued.

Bishop Choi, who is the president of the social communications committee, said the Korean Church wants to rethink how it can spread God´s word and plan of salvation through the use of mass media.

Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, apostolic nuncio to Korea, urged media workers to become experts in truth and teach how to convey it among families, schools, Churches and society. "In this aspect I´m happy that the grand prix goes to a family drama discussing love and life," he said.

The committee gives individual awards for broadcasting, film, newspaper and publishing, as well as special awards and the grand prix. Aside from a citation, the grand prix winner receives 3 million won (US$2,880), while the other winners receive prizes of 1 million won each.

The publishing award is for books or magazines, the broadcasting award is for TV or radio programs, and the film award is given to film directors or producers. Special awards are given to individuals or groups.

This year´s publishing award went to Hanwool, a publisher of books on human and social studies. The broadcasting award was won by Seoul Broadcasting System for its documentary "World´s Most Beautiful Journey," which focused on those suffering from rare diseases or physical defects.

The film award went to Venice Film Festival award-winning director Kim Ki-duk for "3 Iron," a story of a love triangle. "Munhwa Ilbo," a Seoul-based daily newspaper, received recognition for its series "Hope of Minority," which focused on alienated groups such as migrant workers and people with leprosy.

Additionally, the Voluntary Agency Network of Korea won a special award for its "cyber-diplomatic mission." The project searches the Internet for incorrect information about Korea and asks website managers to correct errors.

The awards originated as the Catholic Awards for Press Freedom in 1987. There were no awards in 1991, 1994, 1998 and 1999 because the organizers could not identify worthy candidates.

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