CINE 60th Golden Eagle Awards Names POV films in Nonfiction Content/Feature – Current Affairs or Investigations category. 

New York, N.Y. — May 2, 2017 — Two films from POV’s 29th season were finalists for CINE’s 60th Golden Eagle AwardThe Return and Hooligan Sparrow were both nominated in the “Nonfiction Content/Feature – Current Affairs or Investigations” category. CNN Films’ We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World took home the top prize in that category. The winners of the award will be honored at CINE Celebrates receptions in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., this fall.

About The Return by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway:

In 2012, California amended its “Three Strikes” law — one of the harshest criminal sentencing policies in the country. The passage of Prop. 36 marked the first time in U.S. history that citizens voted to shorten sentences of those currently incarcerated. Within days, the reintegration of thousands of “lifers” was underway. The Return examines this unprecedented reform through the eyes of those on the front lines — prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down, reentry providers helping navigate complex transitions and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law. At a moment of reckoning on mass incarceration, what can California’s experiment teach the nation?

About Hooligan Sparrow by Nanfu Wang:

The danger is palpable as intrepid young filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (aka Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues to southern China to seek justice in the case of six elementary school girls allegedly sexually abused by their principal. Marked as enemies of the state, the activists are under constant government surveillance and face interrogation, harassment and imprisonment. Sparrow continues to champion girls’ and women’s rights and arms herself with the power of social media. Filmmaker Wang becomes a target, too, and must deal with destroyed cameras and intimidation.

Credits for The Return:

Directors/Producers/Writers: Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway; Producers: Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega, Ariella Ben-Dov; Executive Producer: Anne Devereux-Mills; Editor: Greg O’Toole; Writers: Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway, Greg O’Toole; Director of Photography: Mario Furloni; Executive Producer for ITVS: Sally Jo Fifer; Executive Producers for American Documentary | POV: Justine Nagan, Chris White

Credits for Hooligan Sparrow:

Executive Producers: Andy Cohen, Alison Klayman; Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor: Nanfu Wang; Creative Producer: Peter Lucas; Co-Producer: Michael Shade; Graphics: Garry Waller; Music: Nathan Halpern, Chris Ruggiero; Writers: Nanfu Wang, Mark Monroe

Credits for POV:

POV series credits: Executive Producers: Justine Nagan and Chris White; Vice President, Content Strategy and Engagement: Eliza Licht; Associate Producer: Nicole Tsien; Coordinating Producer: Nikki Heyman

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