Armando Ibanez, OP is a talented writer whose poetry speaks of the existential meaning of life with an open heart. He calls himself a poet who through the magic of the written word, transmits hope to the heart of many. Armando’s poet’s heart has led him to found a production company, Pluma Productions, which is dedicated to producing high quality projects, both documentaries and narratives, with sound Judeo-Christian values.

Armando Ibanez, OP was one of the founding members of DIA and its first president.
South Texas Gentle Men of Steel – Los Padres—a film by Armando P. Ibañez, O.P., a friar of the Southern Dominican Province and Director of Radio-Television-Film Program at Texas A&M-Kingsville—will be screened at the Magnificat 2015 film festival in Minsk, Belarus, August 3-September 3.

The documentary, which was completed this past January, has garnered a number of prestigious awards: The Accolade Global Film Competition awarded the documentary an Award of Merit; IndieFEST Film Awards awarded the film an Award of Excellence and an Award of Merit Special Mention; and WorldFest Houston International Film Festival honored the film with a Gold Remi Award.

A feature documentary directed by a Southern Dominican friar completed the festival circuit by winning its 11th film award this month. The Oregon International Film Awards awarded South Texas Gentle Men of Steel – Los Padres its highest-level honor, a Platinum Award.

In addition, the documentary was invited by the organizing committee and screened at the International Congress, entitled Dominicans in the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights: Past, Present and Future, in commemoration of the Order’s 800th anniversary, held in Salamanca, Spain, Sept. 1-5, 2016.
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