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“13th,” “Hell on Earth” take DuPont-Columbia University Awards

Ava DuVernay‘s 13th and Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested‘s Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS were among the 16 winners of the 2018 Alfred I. ...
December 8, 2017

Ava DuVernay‘s 13th and Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested‘s Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS were among the 16 winners of the 2018 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards.

This year’s duPont-Columbia Awards, which seek to celebrate broadcast and digital journalism, recognized the current news media landscape with a mix of both legacy journalism and emerging platforms receiving top honors.

The chosen winners reflect the year’s most critical issues, from race relations and civil rights to education and immigration.

Winning documentaries accompanying DuVernay’s 13th and Junger and Quested’s Hell on Earth (pictured) include John Ridley’s examination of the Los Angeles riots in Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 for ABC News; James Bluemel‘s acclaimed documentary Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, which traces the route of refugees into Europe, for PBS ‘Frontline’ and the BBC; and James Rutenbeck and Nina Alvarez’s Class of ’27, which profiles the benefits of early education, for World Channel’s documentary strand ‘America Reframed’.

The winners will be awarded at Low Memorial Library of Columbia University in New York on Jan. 16, 2018.

For the full list of winners, click here.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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