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“Newtown,” “Last Men in Aleppo” take Peabody Awards

PBS was the big winner at the 77th annual Peabody Awards, with five of nine documentary wins going to the American pubcaster. Among those recognized in PBS’s ranks were Feras Fayyad’s Last Men in ...
April 16, 2018

PBS was the big winner at the 77th annual Peabody Awards, with five of nine documentary wins going to the American pubcaster.

Among those recognized in PBS’s ranks were Feras Fayyad’s Last Men in Aleppo, Mike Day’s The Islands and the Whales, Kim A. Snyder’s Newtown (pictured), Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules‘ Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, and Barak Goodman’s Oklahoma City.

Additional winners included Spike TV’s Time: The Kalief Browder Story, Netflix’s Chasing Coral, Fuse Media’s Indivisible and WORLD Channel’s America ReFramed: Deej.

The nine winners were whittled down from a list of 19 documentary nominees, previously announced on April 11.

The annual Peabody 30 winners will be celebrated at an event on May 19, hosted by comedian and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah correspondent Hasan Minhaj.

The complete documentary winners are listed below, with information provided by the Peabody Awards.

America ReFramed: Deej
American Documentary, Inc; WORLD Channel; Rooy Media LLC; Independent Television Service (ITVS) (WORLD Channel)
A bold step forward in inclusive filmmaking that allows David James (Deej) Savares, a nonspeaking young man with autism, to tell his own story, focusing on accomplishment and possibility, not limits and barriers.

Chasing Coral
An Exposure Labs Production in partnership with The Ocean Agency & View Into the Blue in association with Argent Pictures; The Kendeda Fund (Netflix)
This surprisingly emotional film expertly documents, through time-lapse underwater photographs, the effects of climate change on the rapid decimation of the world’s coral reefs, events known as coral bleaching that affected 29 percent of the shallow-water coral in the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 alone.

Indivisible
Fuse Media (Fuse/Linear Broadcast)
An urgent, intimate portrait of heartbreak and determination, disappointment and victory as three young Dreamers navigate confusing immigration policy, bad faith on the part of politicians, and the emotional trauma of family separation.

Last Men in Aleppo
American Documentary | POV, Larm Film (PBS)
Masterful storytelling by civilian filmmakers at the heart of the Syrian crisis as they follow the volunteer group the White Helmets, who provide emergency services to traumatized residents in the rebel-occupied areas of the city of Aleppo.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
The People’s Poet Media Group, LLC, Thirteen’s American Masters for WNET and ITVS in association with Artemis Rising (PBS/WNET/TV)
A vivid portrait of Maya Angelou, who, while best known as one of America’s leading writers, also blazed a brave and original life as a performer, actress, and activist integral to the civil rights movement and the celebration of African-American experience.

Newtown
Mile 22 LLC, ITVS, in association with KA Snyder Productions, Cuomo Cole Productions, Artemis Rising and Transform Films (PBS)
An emotionally devastating film centered on the testimonies of the families, teachers, and first-responders of Newtown, Connecticut, who recount the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and examine its impact on their lives, their town and, by implication, the nation that allowed this to happen.

Oklahoma City
American Experience (PBS/WGBH Education Foundation)
Essential viewing that draws a line from armed standoffs at Ruby Ridge and Waco to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, to tell the story of both the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history and the rise of anti-government hatred and white militancy.

The Islands and the Whales
Intrepid Cinema, Radiator Film (PBS)
An exquisitely photographed documentary that explores the inextricable links between oceans poisoned by coal burning power plants and the direct impact they have on people of the remote Faroe Island in the North Atlantic Ocean, who struggle between maintaining their traditional way of life and the long-term health repercussions of mercury poisoning.

Time: The Kalief Browder Story
Spike TV, The Cinemart, Roc Nation (Spike)
Powerful miniseries illuminating the greatest flaws of our criminal justice system through the tragic events and death of a young African-American who spent three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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