POV Season 30 Films Last Men in Aleppo, Motherland and Upcoming Season 31 Film Quest Nominated in Best Documentary Category

Los Angeles, Calif. — Nov. 21, 2017 — Three POV films have been nominated for the 2018 FIlm Independent Spirit Awards, announced today by Film Independent. Last Men in Aleppo (POV 2017), Motherland (POV 2017) and Quest (POV 2018) were given a nod in the Best Documentary category, as were Faces Places and The Departure. Founded in 1984, the awards showcase is dedicated to narrative and nonfiction work by independent filmmakers. All prizes go to the filmmakers.

Winners, who are selected by Film Independent Members, will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The awards ceremony co-hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will be held on the beach in Santa Monica, California. The show will broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 5:00 p.m. ET.

For more information on the nominated films from POV’s 30th season, see below:

Last Men in Aleppo
By Feras Fayyad
After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are getting ready for a siege. Through the eyes of volunteer rescue workers called the White Helmets, Last Men in Aleppo allows viewers to experience the daily life, death, and struggle in the streets, where they are fighting for sanity in a city where war has become the norm. Winner, 2017 Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary and 2017 Critics’ Choice Documentary Award for Most Innovative Documentary.

By Ramona S. Diaz
Motherland is an absorbingly intimate, vérité look at the busiest maternity hospital on the planet, in one of the world’s most populous countries: the Philippines. Women share their stories with other mothers, their families, doctors and social workers. In a hospital that is literally bursting with life, we witness the miracle and wonder of the human condition. Winner, 2017 Sundance World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Commanding Vision.

By Jonathan Olshefski
Filmed with vérité intimacy for over a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of a family in North Philadelphia. Christopher “Quest” Rainey, along with his wife Christine’a, aka “Ma Quest,” open the door to their home music studio, which serves as a creative sanctuary from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Over the years, the family evolves as everyday life brings a mix of joy and unexpected crisis. Set against the backdrop of a country now in turmoil, QUEST is a tender depiction of an American family whose journey is a profound testament to love, healing and hope.



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