Academy Award StatueCongratulations to all the filmmakers on the 15-film shortlist for the Oscar for Best Documentary! Upcoming POV film The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), by Ellen Kuras, which will air on PBS in 2009, was among the films included.

In January 2008, the POV Blog followed Ellen as she spent a day at the Sundance Film Festival, where she premiered her film The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) and promoted Michel Gondry‘s Be Kind Rewind, for which she was the director of photography. Read about Ellen’s busy day in Park City.

Many months later, we’re thrilled to see all the recognition and press for Ellen and for her wonderful film. Congratulations, Ellen! POV is excited to be airing The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) on PBS in 2009.

The shortlisted documentaries for the 2009 Academy Awards are:
At the Death House Door
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
In a Dream
Made in America
Man on Wire
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Standard Operating Procedure
They Killed Sister Dorothy
Trouble the Water

The Academy Award nominations — including the five best documentary nominees — will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009. The winners will be presented with their awards on Sunday, February 22, 2009.

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Former POVer Ruiyan Xu worked on developing and producing materials for POV's website. Before coming to POV, she worked in the Interactive and Broadband department at Channel Thirteen/WNET. Ruiyan was born in Shanghai and graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Modern Culture and Media.