Matthias Bittner’s War of Lies was one of several scripted and unscripted projects to be honored with an International Emmy Award last night (Nov. 21) during the 44th annual ceremony in New York.
Produced by Zischlermann Filmproduktion, the 89-minute film (pictured) chronicles the story of an Iraqi refugee whose information about weapons of mass destruction led to the U.S. government’s invasion of Iraq in 2003. Paul Zischler and Susanne Mann served as producers on the doc.
The film, which picked up the documentary award, beat out My Son the Jihadi (True Vision Productions; UK), Madres de Plaza de Mayo – La Historia (El Perro en la Luna / Tv Pública / Canal Encuentro / Asociación Madres de plaza de Mayo; Argentina) and BS Documentary Gong Gam: Mom & Clarinet (Korean Broadcasting System / Upright Media; South Korea).
SVT’s reality series The Great Swedish Adventure (Sweden) took home the prize for non-scripted entertainment, beating out Formata Producoes e Conteudo’s Adotada (Brazil), Studio Lambert’s Gogglebox (UK) and CJ E&M’s I Can See Your Voice (South Korea).
Meanwhile, The Man Who Shot Hiroshima (Japan), produced by WOWOW in association with Kmax, was recognized with the top honors in arts programming.
The project won out over Gabo (Justin Webster Productions / Discovery Networks Latin America / Caracol Television; Colombia), Gérard Depardieu: grandeur Nature (Gérard Depardieu: Out of Frame) (Kaliste Productions / Richard Melloul Productions / France Télévisions; France) and Interrupt this Program (Resilient Cities) (Noble Television & Storypark Inc.; Canada).
The 44th awards were organized by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. View the complete list of winners here.