ITVS Filmmakers Win Five 2019 News & Documentary Emmy Awards

By Craig Phillips
Posted on September 24, 2019
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It was a night to remember at the 40th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards ceremony in New York City, as ITVS filmmakers garnered five Emmy Awards, on top of 16 total nominations. 

The Awards, as announced by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), were presented at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday, September 24, and honor films distributed in 2018. The event was attended by more than 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers, and journalists.

And the Emmys went to...

I Am Not Your Negro (ITVS-funded, Independent Lens), by Raoul Peck, won for Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary.

Lois Vossen with Raoul Peck and Herbert Peck for I Am Not Your Negro Emmy win

Independent Lens executive producer with I Am Not Your Negro director Raoul Peck and producer Hébert Peck

Armed with Faith (ITVS-funded, Doc World), by Geeta Gandbhir and Asad Faruqi, won for Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary.

“We are so honored to have funded and co-produced Geeta Gandbhir and Asad Faruqi’s harrowing tale of those who risk their lives for their countrymen,” said Jim Sommers, ITVS Senior Vice President of Content. “We applaud filmmakers like Armed with Faith’s Geeta and Asad who have the bravery to make sure these stories reach all Americans.”

Dawnland (Independent Lens), by  Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip, won Outstanding Research.

The Dawnland team rejoices

Wildland (ITVS-funded, Independent Lens), by Alex Jablonski and Kahlil Hudson, won for Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Outstanding Editing: Documentary

Wildland filmmakers Kahlil Hudson and Alex Jablonski, with Independent Lens's Lois Vossen.

We'd also like to salute all the ITVS films nominated for News & Documentary Emmys -- these talented filmmaking teams should be proud of their accomplishments just as we're proud to have been their partner.

The full list of ITVS-supported films:

Best Documentary

I Am Not Your Negro (ITVS-funded, Independent Lens)

QUEST (ITVS-funded, POV) by Jonathan Olshefski and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

The team from QUEST with POV's Justine Nagan

The team from QUEST with POV's Justine Nagan

Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary

Armed with Faith (ITVS-funded, Doc World)

The Judge (ITVS-funded, Independent Lens) by Erika Cohn

Lois Vossen with The Judge's Erika Cohn and producer Sara Maamouri

Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

The Cleaners (Independent Lens) by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck

Outstanding Music and Sound


Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

Dolores (Independent Lens) by Peter Bratt

The team from Dolores, including Dolores Huerta herself, and director Peter Bratt

The team from Dolores, including Dolores Huerta herself, and producer Benjamin Bratt

Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary

I Am Not Your Negro  

Outstanding Social Issue Documentary


Survivors (ITVS-funded, POV)

Outstanding Historical Documentary

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (ITVS-funded, Independent Lens) by Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams

Outstanding Editing: Documentary

Unrest (Independent Lens) by Jen Brea

Outstanding Nature: Documentary


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