“Children of Syria,” “Look of Silence” among News and Doc Emmy noms

Children of Syria, The Look of Silence (pictured) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness are among the films competing for Best Documentary honors at the 38th Annual News & Documentary ...
July 25, 2017

Children of SyriaThe Look of Silence (pictured) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness are among the films competing for Best Documentary honors at the 38th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

The docs are among several nominees across 49 categories focused on documentaries, news reports and multimedia projects.

Coming out ahead of nominees is PBS, with 48 nominations, followed by CBS with 43, ABC with 19, HBO with 18, CNN with 16 and Univision with 11. The awards are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

PBS dominated the “Best Documentary” category, earning four of five nominations in its various strands, including for Children of Syria (‘Frontline’), Welcome to Leith (‘Independent Lens’), as well as Thank You For Playing and The Look of Silence (‘POV’). The fifth nomination went to HBO’s A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.

This year’s awards – which consider programming that aired during the 2016 calendar year – will be handed out at a Oct. 5 ceremony in New York City.

“Many say we’re in a ‘golden age’ of television and I would argue that the incredible growth of quality, in-depth reporting in broadcast journalism and documentary filmmaking has helped drive that change,” said Bob Mauro, president, NATAS, in a statement. “These awards are a tribute to the outstanding work being done by these nominees who provide the viewer with thorough, fact-checked reporting, examining the stories of the day from multiple perspectives while never wavering in their quest to provide us with the truth about world events.”

Below is a list of long-form news, documentary and interactive doc nominees. For the complete list, visit the Emmy website.

Best Documentary

Children of Syria, (PBS ‘Frontline’)

A Girl in The River: The Price of Forgiveness, (HBO ‘HBO Documentary Films’)

Welcome to Leith, (PBS ‘Independent Lens’)

Thank You For Playing,(PBS ‘POV’)

The Look of Silence, (PBS ‘POV’)

Outstanding Short Documentary 

Extremis, Dan Krauss (Netflix)

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, (HBO ‘HBO Documentary Films’)

Body Team 12, (HBO ‘HBO Documentary Films’)

4.1 Miles, (The New York Times)

The Secret Life of Muslims, (Vox)

Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary

David Attenborough’s Light on Earth (CuriosityStream)

Desert Warriors: Lions of the Namib (Smithsonian Channel)

Forces of Nature (PBS)

Nature (PBS)

Wild New Zealand (National Geographic)

Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

Children of Syria, (PBS ‘Frontline’)

Confronting ISIS, (PBS ‘Frontline’)

Only the Dead See the End of War, (HBO)

The Return, (PBS ‘POV’)

What Tomorrow Brings, (PBS ‘POV’)

Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary

Among the Believers, (World ‘Doc World’)

The Choice 2016, (PBS ‘Frontline’)

Wilhemina’s War, (PBS ‘Independent Lens’)

Hooligan Sparrow, (PBS ‘POV’)

Trumpland, (Fusion)

Outstanding Social Issue Documentary

Chasing Heroin,  (PBS ‘Frontline’)

Policing the Police, (PBS ‘Frontline’)

Autism in Love, (PBS ‘Independent Lens’)

The Armor of Light, (PBS ‘Independent Lens’)

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, (Investigation Discovery)

Outstanding Investigative Documentary

City 40, (Netflix)

The Secret History of ISIS, (PBS ‘Frontline’)

Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks, (HBO ‘HBO Documentary Films’)

(T)ERROR, (PBS ‘Independent Lens’)

The Look of Silence,(PBS ‘POV’)

Outstanding Historical Documentary

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, (PBS)

UNDERFIRE: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro, (HBO ‘HBO Documentary Films’)

Best of Enemies, (PBS ‘Independent Lens’)

No Más Bebés, (PBS ‘Independent Lens’)

Team Foxcatcher, (Netflix)

Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, (World ‘America ReFramed’)

Meet the Patels, (PBS ‘Independent Lens’)

Iris, (PBS ‘POV’)

Thank You For Playing, (PBS ‘POV’)

Miss Sharon Jones!, (VOD)

Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

A Year in Space, (PBS)

Ebola: The Doctors’ Story, (HBO ‘HBO Documentary Films’)

Into the Inferno, (Netflix)

My Beautiful Broken Brain, (Netflix)

Great Human Odyssey, (PBS ‘Nova’)

Outstanding Nature Documentary

David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies, (Smithsonian Channel)

David Attenborough’s Light On Earth, CuriosityStream

Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants, (PBS ‘Nature’)

Super Hummingbirds, (PBS ‘Nature’)

Sonic Sea, Discovery Channel

Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

The Hand That Feeds, (World ‘America ReFramed’)

The Fantasy Sports Gamble, (PBS ‘Frontline’)

Dogtown Redemption, (PBS ‘Independent Lens’)

In Football We Trust, (PBS ‘Independent Lens’)

Kingdom Of Shadows, (PBS ‘POV’)

Outstanding New Approaches: Documentary 

Collisions, (JauntVR)

A Bear’s-Eye View of Yellowstone, (National Geographic)

Behind The Fence, (Huffington Post/RYOT)

A New Age of Walls, (The Washington Post)

Obama’s Legacy, (The Washington Post)

Outstanding Editing: Documentary

Extremis, (Netflix)

Body Team 12, (HBO ‘HBO Documentary Films’)

Orphans of Ebola, (HBO ‘HBO Documentary Films’)

Hooligan Sparrow, (PBS ‘POV’)

Thank You For Playing, (PBS ‘POV’)

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