“Hip-Hop Evolution” and “13th” among Peabody finalists

Hip-Hop Evolutionand O.J.: Made In America are among the finalists for the 76th annual Peabody Awards. The Peabody Awards Boards of Jurors selected 60 finalists that represent the most compelling and empowering ...
April 6, 2017

Hip-Hop Evolutionand O.J.: Made In America are among the finalists for the 76th annual Peabody Awards.

The Peabody Awards Boards of Jurors selected 60 finalists that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2016.

Over the next several weeks, the winning Peabody 30 programs will be revealed in a succession of announcements by category. Documentary winners will be revealed on April 18.

Peabody Award winners and finalists will be celebrated on Saturday, May 20 at Cipriani in New York. Rashida Jones, a previous Peabody Award winner for Parks and Recreation and current star of Angie Tribeca will serve as host.

Among the documentary and non-fiction finalists are A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (HBO Documentary Films and SOC Films), Independent Lens: The Armor of Light (Purple Micky Productions, in association with Fork Films), Last Chance U (Netflix) and 13th (Netflix).

A list of the finalists in the documentary category can be found below. A full list of the Peabody Awards finalists can be found here.


“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” HBO Documentary Films and SOC Films (HBO)
The chronicle of one young Pakistani woman who lives to tell of her attempted honor killing by her own family.

“Audrie & Daisy” AfterImage Public Media in association with Actual Films (Netflix)
Real-life stories examining the ripple effect of sexual crimes against two teen girls within the new world of social media bullying.

“Chasing Heroin” FRONTLINE (PBS/WGBH)
A look at America’s opioid crisis, how the epidemic came to be, and why the public health system has failed to turn things around.

An examination of the successes, failures and challenges in America’s ongoing war against Islamist extremists.

An intimate take on the refugee and migrant crisis.

“4.1 Miles” The New York Times Op-Docs (
A coast guard captain on a small Greek island is suddenly charged with saving thousands of refugees from drowning at sea.

“Great Performances: Hamilton’s America” A RadicalMedia Production in association with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET (PBS)
History and the creative process behind Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway phenomenon, “Hamilton.”

“Hip-Hop Evolution” Banger Films (Netflix, HBO Canada)
Series tracing hip hop’s evolution from the 1970s through the 1990s.

“Independent Lens: The Armor of Light” Purple Mickey Productions, in association with Fork Films (PBS)
A conservative, Evangelical minister questions his long-held assumptions about guns and gun ownership.

“Independent Lens: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” Firelight Films, Inc. and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) (PBS)
A history of The Black Panthers and the socioeconomic and racial justice issues the group tackled.

“Independent Lens: Trapped” Trilogy Films LLC Bigmouth Productions, Cedar Creek Productions and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) (PBS)
A look at the motivation and politics surrounding “TRAP” laws, specifically designed to restrict access to abortion providers.

“Islamic State’s Most Wanted” BBC World Service (BBC News Online)
Four young men take on the Islamic State with risky undercover reporting.

“Last Chance U” A Netflix production in association with Conde Nast Entertainment, Endgame Entertainment and One Potato Productions (Netflix)
Character-driven, behind-the-scenes look at the world of college football.

“Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing” HBO Documentary Films and Break Thru Films in association with The Boston Globe (HBO)
A recounting of the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks through the experiences of individuals whose lives were forever changed on April 15, 2013.

“MAVIS!” Film First and HBO Documentary Films (HBO)
A celebration of the gospel and soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples.

“O.J.: Made in America” ESPN Films and Laylow Films (ESPN)
A biography of O.J. Simpson and a definitive story of 20th century America.

“POV: Hooligan Sparrow” POV | American Documentary (PBS)
A small group of women’s rights activists stand together to protest sexual assault in schools in Hainan, China.

“POV: The Look of Silence” POV | American Documentary (PBS)
The story of an Indonesian man confronting his brother’s killers and demanding they accept responsibility for their crimes.

“POV: The Return” POV | American Documentary (PBS)
An examination of California prisoners suddenly freed and their adjustment to life on the outside.

“POV: What Tomorrow Brings” POV | American Documentary (PBS)
A film about girls coming of age and struggling to find their way in a violent, uncertain Afghanistan.

“Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four” Deborah S. Esquenazi Productions, LLC (Investigation Discovery)
An excavation of the persecution of four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of gang-rape.

“The Forger” The New York Times (Video)
The story of Adolfo Kaminsky, who helped save thousands of lives by making false passports and other documents for children to flee the Nazis.

“The Secret Life of Muslims” Seftel Productions (Vox, The USA Today Network, PRI’s The World, CBS Sunday Morning)
A series of short films featuring a diverse set of American Muslims speaking from their own respective experiences.

“13th” Forward Movement LLC and Kandoo Films (Netflix)
An exploration of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and its relation to the criminalization and imprisonment of African-Americans.

“Zero Days” Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media, in association with Showtime Documentary Films, Global Produce/Jigsaw Productions (Showtime)
An exploration of cyber warfare and its potential impact on global peace.

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