The ADVENTISTS, the latest production from filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and Journey Films, has won the Gabriel Award as this year’s outstanding nationally released film on religion. The Gabriel Award, established in 1965, is considered one of the nation’s top media awards honoring a “values-centered view of society and humanity.” This year’s winners also included Walden Media (The Chronicles of Narnia), DreamWorks Animation (How to Train Your Dragon), WGBH’s American Experience (My Lai), WNET Thirteen (Art Through Time), and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (Volunteerism in Canada).  

The ADVENTISTS is a documentary film now airing on PBS stations that tells the story of the Seventh-day Adventist faith and its unique approach to health and healing that has made its members some of the healthiest and longest living people on earth. 

“We released the film to PBS stations last spring at a time when our country was deeply embroiled in the health care debate as an alternative to the media’s focus on health and economics,” says Martin Doblmeier who has won five previous Gabriel Awards including one for BONHOEFFER. “The ADVENTISTS story offered a way to speak about health care in terms of faith – that health care could be “sacred work, ” that caring for the body was caring for the “temple of God” and many people resonated with those ideas.”

The ADVENTISTS is a production of Journey Films of Alexandria, VA and a presentation of SCETV. For more information contact Shyla Palm ( or visit . The DVD is available on Amazon.
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