The Capax Dei Foundation Award 2022

This year, our Foundation’s Award is granted to ITI Catholic University, Trumau (Austria)Card. Christoph von Schönborn (Grand Chancellor).

This award is part of Mirabile Dictu – International Catholic Film Festival, that takes place every year.

Past Years’ Awards


GARBAGE BIN MEALS by Dr Satyakam Phukan (India)
While humanity has progressed and made complex systems for its existence, while these systems have boosted trade and commerce, while humanity has made inroads into the outer space, humanity has also retrogressed. A section of the humanity still lives the lives of scavenging animals in urban jungles, surviving on discarded rotten things.To the conventional psychiatrist they are all numbers. This is the contradiction and paradox before the humanity today. There are no actors in this film, everything is cent percent real, there is actually no director also, providence itself is the director, there is only the cinematographer, script writer and the editor.


Formation by John “JP” Kloess (USA)


Joseph Freinademetz, The First Saint to Ever Serve in Hong Kong by Lai Nor Ngan (Hong Kong).


Benedict, in honor of the Truth – Produced by Rome Reports – Italy


Syllabes Divines, Mystère sur la Prophétie de Jérémie, by P. Olivier-Thomas Vénard – ISRAEL
The Special Prize for Evangelization of the Capax Dei Foundation went to Father Olivier-Thomas Vénard OP, Deputy Director of the French Biblical and Archaeological School of Jerusalem, creator of the show “Syllabes Divines, Mystère sur la Prophétie de Jérémie” (Israel), now available in DVD.


Kateri by James Kelty (U.S.A.) – a EWTN/James Kelty Production
A film about the life of Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American (squaw) canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. It’s an emblematic story of faith. Her name brings us to the tribe of the Mohawks, in which the saint was born in 1656, near Albany, not far from New York. Her father was a leader of the Iroquois, while her mother was Algonquin, but she found and converted the Christian faith. Four years later, the smallpox epidemic hit Kateri’s life, taking her parents away and leaving some injuries in her face and eyes. It is by 1675 that she gets closer to Christianity, when three French missionaries arrived in her village: Kateri was fascinated by these persons, so much to ask them for the baptism just one year after. However, her choice put her against her uncle, who hosted her since she was an orphan: she was left without food on Sunday, because she refused to work in order to sanctify the feast day; she refused to get married with a young redskin and remained a virgin. One of the missionaries recommended her one day to move close to Montreal, and to consecrate her life to the prayer in a St. Francis Xavier mission. After having made vow of chastity, in 1680, just 24 years old, a sudden illness brought her to the death, after which every sign of smallpox disappeared from her face.


La Madonna del parto, docufiction by Alessandro Perrella (Italy)


The series Catholicism by Father Robert Barron (USA)


In Her Footsteps: The Story of Kateri Tekakwitha, di Matt Gallagher, produced by Salt and Light TV (Canada)


Hay mucha gente buena by Antonio Cuadri (Spain)


Capax Dei Foundation, committed in the sacred arts, has awarded a prize ex aequo to two masterpieces presented during the festival: “La città invisibile” (2010) by Giuseppe Tandoi, love story set and filmed in earthquake stricken Aquila, and “L’uomo del grano” by Giancarlo Baudena (2009), biography of Nazareno Strampelli (1866-1942), scientist who was able to greatly increase the productivity of the land for wheat cultures, thus fighting hunger in the world.

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