The Christopher honors media that "affirm the highest values of the human spirit."
The award was given to filmmakers Richard Barber and Andre Lamberston and co-executive producers Susan Zirinsky and Judy Tygard. Wynton Marsalis was the host of the documentary.
The "Whole Gritty City" is a film about marching bands in New Orleans and how music has the power to save children's lives.
The film goes behind the scenes with three dedicated marching band directors. Their goal is to prepare students to march in Mardi Gras parades, but the real lesson they teach is survival in a city with one of the highest murder rates in the country.