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Film tells the story of an undocumented woman who comes out of the shadows
A Co-production of American Documentary | POV and ITVS; A Co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting
Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie), which had its national broadcast premiere on PBS’s POV (Point of View) series in 2015, has won a George Foster Peabody Award, it was announced today by the University of Georgia. The film is part of the inaugural class of The Peabody 30, honoring programming in news, radio/podcast, web and public service. The Peabodys’ 75th Anniversary Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The Peabody Awards, established in 1940 and administered by UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, are the oldest honor in electronic media.
About Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) by Mikaela Shwer:
Since the age of 4, Angy Rivera has lived in the United States with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Now 24 and facing an uncertain future, Rivera becomes an activist for undocumented youth with a popular advice blog and a YouTube channel boasting more than 27,000 views. She steps out of the shadows a second time to share her story of sexual abuse, an experience all too common among undocumented women. Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) follows Rivera’s remarkable journey from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times.
“As filmmakers, we’ve been so proud to work with Angy Rivera and the undocumented community in creating a film to educate and inspire others, and to have POV as our partner in sharing the film across the country,” said Shwer, the film’s director. “This incredible recognition by the Peabody Awards is an honor and we hope it will help to add to the important conversations needed on immigration in the United States today.”
“Don’t Tell Anyone brings viewers into the life of Angy Rivera in a way that not only highlights her bravery under the most difficult circumstances, but allows even the most skeptical onlookers to connect with her humanity,” said POV Executive Producer Chris White. “It’s that empathetic connection that will help drive the national dialogue forward. We couldn’t be more proud of Angy and Mikaela for leading the way.”
Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) is a co-production of Portret Film, American Documentary | POV and Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
Credits: Director/Producer/Editor: Mikaela Shwer; Producers: Katie O’Rourke and Alexandra Nikolchev; Director of Photography: Arianna LaPenne; Composer: Benjamin Messelbeck.
POV series credits: Executive Producers: Simon Kilmurry and Chris White; Vice President, Content Strategy and Engagement: Eliza Licht; Associate Producer: Nicole Tsien; Coordinating Producer: Nikki Heyman.
POV begins its 29th season on PBS on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) with The Return by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway.
Produced by American Documentary, Inc., POV is public television’s premier showcase for nonfiction films. Since 1988, POV has been the home for the world’s boldest contemporary filmmakers, celebrating intriguing personal stories that spark conversation and inspire action. Always an innovator, POV discovers fresh new voices and creates interactive experiences that shine a light on social issues and elevate the art of storytelling. With our documentary broadcasts, original online programming and dynamic community engagement campaigns, we are committed to supporting films that capture the imagination and present diverse perspectives.
American Documentary, Inc. (www.amdoc.org)
American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) is a multimedia company dedicated to creating, identifying and presenting contemporary stories that express opinions and perspectives rarely featured in mainstream media outlets. AmDoc is a catalyst for public culture, developing collaborative strategic engagement activities around socially relevant content on television, online and in community settings. These activities are designed to trigger action, from dialogue and feedback to educational opportunities and community participation.
POV films have won 34 Emmy® Awards, 18 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards®, the first-ever George Polk Documentary Film Award and the Prix Italia. The POV series has been honored with a Special News & Documentary Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, three IDA Awards for Best Curated Series and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity. In 2013, American Documentary | POV was one of 13 nonprofit organizations around the world to win a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Learn more at www.pbs.org/pov.