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“A Girl in the River,” “Children of Syria” among News and Doc Emmy winners

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Children of Syria and The Choice 2016 were among the winners at the 38th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, which were ...
October 6, 2017

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Children of Syria and The Choice 2016 were among the winners at the 38th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, which were presented at a ceremony in New York City last night (Oct. 5).

PBS took home the most hardware, with 12 awards, followed by CBS with nine, ABC with five, HBO with five and CNN with three. Awards were given out in 49 categories that covered nightly news, investigative journalism, long-form reporting and documentary.

A Girl in the River, which aired on HBO, took home the award for Best Documentary. The doc tells the story of one woman’s survival after an attempted honor killing in Pakistan.

HBO also was also given two awards for the short doc Body Team 12, which follows Red Cross workers from Liberia who collected dead bodies during the height of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The short doc won Outstanding Short Documentary and Outstanding Editing: Documentary.

PBS’ POV doc strand won the Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary for Thank You For Playing, about a video game programmer who is prompted to create a new video game after his young son is diagnosed with cancer.

Other PBS winners include A Year in Space, which won Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary and The Choice 2016, which won Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary. The doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ took home awards for In Football We Trust, named Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary; The Armor of Light, which won Outstanding Social Issue Documentary; (T)Error, which won Outstanding Investigative Documentary; and Best of Enemies, for Outstanding Historical Documentary. ‘Frontline’s’ Children of Syria won Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary.

PBS wildlife strand ‘Nature’ also picked up an award for Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary for Super Hummingbirds, while Discovery’s Sonic Sea took home hardware for Outstanding Nature Documentary.

In the New Approaches category for documentary, honors went to Lynette Wallworth’s Collisions, from JauntVR. Meanwhile, The New York Times went home with the New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle and Culture award for The Forger.

For the full list of winners, visit the News & Documentary Emmy Awards website.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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