A pair of acclaimed documentary features highlighted the non-fiction selections on the third day of the Peabody Awards.
On Wednesday (June 23), Collective (pictured) was recognized in the documentary category. The Romanian film was previously nominated for both Best Documentary Feature and Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards, earlier this year. The film follows journalists from the daily Gazeta Sporturilor newspaper investigating a deadly nightclub fire in Bucharest after survivors who suffered non-life threatening burn injuries began dying. The investigation exposed corruption within Romania’s government and health-care system, and the work of Collective was recognized by the Peabody Awards for showing the vital importance of independent journalism.
Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution was another documentary feature awarded with a Peabody on Wednesday. The film, directed by Nicole Newnham and James LeBrecht, was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Academy Awards. The film is about a group of summer campers who met in upstate New York in the 1970s, and later became major activists in the Disability Rights Movement in the US.
Immigration Nation was also awarded a Peabody in the documentary category. The six-part Netflix series contains footage filmed between 2017 and 2020 of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s work during the Trump presidency. Directed by Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz, the series was recognized for capturing how cruel policies become unquestioned orders, regardless of the human cost.
In Peabody’s news category, PBS NewsHour’s COVID-19 coverage was recognized. One NewsHour story. “Global Pandemic,” covers the pandemic’s human toll on five continents in countries already hit hard by war, famine and death. Meanwhile, “Making Sense: The Victims of COVID” was also recognized for covering the millions who have lost their jobs, the impact on the restaurant industry and the near shutdown of the travel industry, while also shedding new light on how the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated racial disparities in American health outcomes.
Finally, Facing Race was recognized in the public service category. The series aired on King 5, a Seattle-based NBC affiliate, and it tackled subjects including racial inequality, racism, racial privilege and the systemic ways that race structures and impacts the public and personal lives of Seattle residents and surrounding communities.