NASHVILLE, Tenn.—United Methodist Communications has received an Aurora Award for the documentary A Killer in the Dark: An Extraordinary Effort to Combat Malaria.
The documentary received the highest honor, Platinum Best of Show, from the independent film and video competition. Only one in 10 entries receives this distinction.
A Killer in the Dark, which appeared on many NBC affiliates last year, was created to increase awareness of, and action against, malaria – a disease that kills a child in Africa every 45 seconds. Hosted by actress Pauley Perrette, the documentary chronicles the daily struggle against malaria in Africa and highlights the remarkable community-based efforts underway to fight this disease through The United Methodist Church's initiative, Imagine No Malaria.
Judged by panels of previous award winners and film and video professionals, the documentary received high marks for quality, editing, creativity, and execution. This is the third international award for A Killer in the Dark. The production received two MarCom awards in 2011.