Up the YangtzeIt’s almost the end of the year, which means that film award season is in full swing. The Academy Award shortlist for best documentary came out a few weeks ago, and the Satellite Award nominees for best documentary were announced at the end of November. This morning, the nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards were announced in Los Angeles. Among the nominees in the best documentary category are two POV films: Up the Yangtze by Yung Chang, which aired in October of 2008, and The Betrayal by Ellen Kuras, which will air during POV’s 2009 season.

Congratulations, Yung and Ellen! The Independent Spirit Awards take place on February 21, 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.