POV’s The Look of Silence and Thank You for Playing nominated for Best Documentary; Sister series America ReFramed receives two Emmy nods

Winners to Be Announced October 5, 2017 in New York City at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.

New York, N.Y. — July 25, 2017 — POV (Point of View), American television’s longest-running independent documentary series on PBS, has received 12 nominations for the 2017 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. PBS leads with 48 nominations, receiving more than any other network. POV’s and The Look of Silence were nominated for Best Documentary. The full list of nominated POV films includes Hooligan Sparrow, The Return, Iris, Kingdom Of ShadowsWhat Tomorrow Brings and Who, Me? Biased?.

POV shares the nomination for Who, Me? Biased? with The New York Times. Part of a media partnership with the publication, the project and other interactive series explored race and ethnicity on The New York Times website. POV’s sister-series America ReFramed, which airs on WORLD Channel, also received two nominations for its films The Hand That Feeds and BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez. 4.1 Miles, the Oscar-nominated documentary short film originally published by The New York Times and broadcasted as part of POV’s 30th season this past June, also received an Emmy nod.

“If there were any question about the value and quality of public media, today’s Emmy announcement settles that,” said POV and America ReFramed executive producer Chris White. “In today’s fragmented and noisy media world, long-form documentarians step back and layer stories with nuance, perspective and craft.”

Justine Nagan, executive producer/executive director of POV/American Documentary, added, “At POV and America ReFramed, we aim to capture the diversity and complexity of the human experience—eight out of the ten films and projects nominated this year feature people of color. POV has presented documentaries that open a new world for Americans across the country. Whether through our 30-year partnership with PBS or newer digital collaborations such as those with The New York Times, we make it our mission to make meaningful stories accessible to all. We thank all our filmmakers for their invaluable contributions and congratulate them all for this year’s nominations.”

To date, POV films have won 36 Emmy® Awards, 19 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards®, the first-ever George Polk Documentary Film Award and the Prix Italia. The POV series has been honored with a Special News & Documentary Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, three IDA Awards for Best Curated Series and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity. Learn more at www.pbs.org/pov.

American Documentary’s 2017 Emmy nominations follow (visit www.pbs.org/pov/pressroom for descriptions, links, embeddable trailers, art and press releases):

Best Documentary

Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary

Outstanding Investigative Documentary

Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary

Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

Outstanding New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle and Culture

Outstanding Editing: Documentary

The full list of nominees for the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards is available at emmyonline.com/newsemmy.

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Produced by American Documentary, Inc., POV is public television’s premier showcase for nonfiction films. Since 1988, POV has been the home for the world’s boldest contemporary filmmakers, celebrating intriguing personal stories that spark conversation and inspire action. Always an innovator, POV discovers fresh new voices and creates interactive experiences that shine a light on social issues and elevate the art of storytelling. With our documentary broadcasts, original online programming and dynamic community engagement campaigns, we are committed to supporting films that capture the imagination and present diverse perspectives.