POV Wins Four News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Including Best Documentary for ‘Food, Inc.’

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Watch the 2011 News & Documentary Emmy Awards on C-SPAN, November 12, 2011.
Roberto Hernández accepts the News & Documentary Emmy in the Outstanding Investigative Journalism - Long Form category, September 27, 2011, in New York City.

Presumed Guilty filmmaker Roberto Hernández accepts the News & Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism – Long Form, September 26, 2011, at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City. POV received a record 12 nominations at the 32nd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

After receiving a record 12 nominations in the 32nd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, three POV films won awards: Good Fortune, Presumed Guilty and Food, Inc..

Food, Inc. won Best Documentary and Outstanding Informational Programming — Long Form; Presumed Guilty won in the Outstanding Investigative Journalism — Long Form category; and Good Fortune won for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting — Long Form. The three films aired during POV’s 2010 season.

POV has now won 27 Emmy awards, including a 2007 Special News &amp Documentary Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking.


Food, Inc.Food, Inc.
Director/Producer: Robert Kenner; Producer: Elise Pearlstein; Co Producers: Richard Pearce, Eric Schlosser, Melissa Robeldo; Executive Producers: Simon Kilmurry, William Pohlad, Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann


Good FortuneGood Fortune
Director: Landon Van Soest; Producer: Jeremy Levine; Executive Producers: Simon Kilmurry, Diana Barrett, Katy Chevigny, Judith Helfand, Andrew Herwitz
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A still image from 'Presumed Guilty'Presumed Guilty
Directors: Roberto Hernandez, Geoffrey Smith; Producer: Layda Negrete; Executive Producers: Simon Kilmurry, Patricia Boero
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“Tonight’s awards show the power of documentaries to shine a light on vital, underreported issues,” said Cynthia Lopez, POV’s Co-Executive Producer. “Food, Inc. exposed the shocking problems behind America’s food production, while Good Fortune unveiled the unintended consequences of international aid in Africa, and Presumed Guilty took up the cause of a young man falsely imprisoned in Mexico. That Antonio Zúñiga, the young man from Presumed Guilty, is now free and can be with us tonight, is a testament to the good that can come from dedicated filmmakers who fought to bring their cameras into the courtroom.”

Watch video clips from the films at www.pbs.org/pov and read more about the new Emmy award winners in this POV press release.

POV Staff
POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
  • Johnandlizschnooki

    I will probably never understand Chinese culture. If you have children you are responsible to make sure they know they are loved. Apparently, Qin did not know that. She is a child. Children need love,not constant scolding. How is she to respect adults who do not listen to her? You can’t respect someone just because they exist and are older than you. Of course, her family probably would never bother  trying to understand why I feel this way. It seems to me that no one gets listened to in Asian culture until they are 90; and then it is too late. So sad.

  • gayle

    I greatly appreciate that POV and Public TV have made Food, Inc. available for viewing.  Thank you.

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  • Ell

    What no one in the article mentions is the incredible and complicated depth of theory, conflict, and discussion surrounding ETHICS in documentary film making that is gained by going completing a good program. That’s a huge difference between going to film school and not.

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