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American Masters wins at the 25th Annual Webby Awards


American Masters and Firelight Media have won the “People’s Voice” award for the short film Anik Khan: Street Level, which is part of the series In the Making that follows the lives and journeys of emerging BIPOC artists.

In the film, directors Sofian Khan and Joseph Patel explore the music of Anik Khan, the Bangladesh-born, Queens, New York-raised hip-hop artist whose music sketches the immigrant experience with rare poetic flare, incisive depth and a whole masala of influences at his fingertips.

Established in 1996 during the Web’s infancy, The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) — a 2,000-plus member judging body. The Academy is comprised of Executive Members — leading Internet experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities — and Associate Members who are former Webby Winners, Nominees and other Internet professionals.

American Masters also earned honors for the following films:

Amyra León: Strange Grace and Bunky Echo-Hawk: The Resistance from In the Making are Webby Honorees in the Video: Diversity & Inclusion category.

Unladylike2020 is a Webby Honoree in the Video: Documentary category.

Support for In the Making is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Major funding for Unladylike2020 is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.