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Last Train Home
Winner: Best Documentary
Winner: Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting – Long Form

Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world’s largest human migration.

Winner: Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Editing – Documentary and Long Form

A platoon of Danish soldiers fight the Taliban at Armadillo, a combat operations base in southern Afghanistan.

Enemies of the People
Winner: Outstanding Investigative Journalism – Long Form

The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain largely unexplained. Until now.

Where Soldiers Come From
Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a New Story – Long Form

From a snowy town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, follow the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard.

POV (Point of View), public television’s premier showcase for independent documentaries, won five awards, including Best Documentary, at the 2012 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards: an all-time high for the series celebrating its 25th season on PBS. POV and 60 Minutes had the most number of awards. The winners were announced on Oct. 1, 2012 by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at a ceremony in New York City. PBS won nine awards in total.

Last Train Home won Best Documentary and Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting— Long Form; Armadillo won in the Outstanding Editing— Documentary and Long Form category; Enemies of the People won for Outstanding Investigative Journalism— Long Form; and Where Soldiers Come From won in the Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story— Long Form category. The films aired during POV’s 2011 season.

“It’s especially gratifying for our filmmakers to receive these awards during the 25th anniversary season of POV,” said Simon Kilmurry, executive producer of POV. “We are grateful that PBS has provided a national showcase for independent documentaries for a quarter-century, and we look forward to continuing to expand the reach of these important works on television, online, in the community and across new digital technologies.”

“Many of the filmmakers honored tonight have taken tremendous risks to tell these stories of common people caught up in extraordinary circumstances,” said Cynthia López, co-executive producer of POV. “We see how documentaries are able not only to chronicle history, but make a real impact in the world. We are honored to present these extraordinary works on POV.”

POV has now won 32 Emmy Awards, including a 2007 Special News & Documentary Emmy for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking. POV has also won 15 George Foster Peabody Awards, 10 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards, four Independent Spirit Awards, three Academy Awards®, the Prix Italia, the Webby, two International Documentary Association Awards for Best Continuing Series and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers’ Corporate Commitment to Diversity Award.

Chris White is vice president of production and programming for POV; Yance Ford is series producer; and Andrew Catauro is coordinating producer.

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.