The shortlist for the 2009 Cinema Eye Honors has just been released: 15 feature documentaries and 5 short nonfiction films have been recognized for their excellence. We’re thrilled for all the filmmakers named, and we’re especially pleased to see three POV films on the lists!

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath, made the list for best feature documentary. The film will air on POV in 2009.
Cinema Eye HonorsYung Chang‘s Up the Yangtze is also on the list for best feature documentary. Already the recipient of numerous awards,Up the Yangtze aired during the summer of 2008 on POV, and the subsequent discussion of the film here on the POV Blog was touching, insightful and inspiring.

Finally, Eva Weber‘s beautiful short film, City of Cranes, has made the shortlist as one of the best short nonfiction films of the year. City of Cranes by the Cinema Eye Honors aired on POV in December 2008. It is also a part of POV’s short film festival, and you can watch the entire film online on the POV website. You can also read our interview with filmmaker Eva Weber about the making of the film.


Watch City of Cranes online.

Feature film nominations for the 2nd Annual Cinema Eye Honors will be announced January 19 during the Sundance Film Festival.

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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.