Press Release

July 27 2021

American Documentary Series 'America ReFramed' and 'POV' Nominated for a Total of 8 News & Documentary Emmy Awards


POV's ADVOCATE nominated for 2 Emmys including Best Documentary, Multiple nominations for POV Shorts film THE LOVE BUGS

New York, N.Y. – July 27, 2021 – American Documentary | 'POV,' American television’s longest-running independent documentary series, has received seven nominations for the 2021 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, including a Best Documentary nod for Rachel Leah Jones' and Philippe Bellaïche's Advocate. American Documentary's 'America ReFramed,' co-produced with WORLD Channel, received a nomination for Tutwiler, a collaboration with FRONTLINE and The Marshall Project. PBS once again led all other networks with a total of 52 nominations. The full list of POV’s nominated films includes two nominations each for Advocate and POV Shorts' The Love Bugs, and individual nominations for Our Time Machine, The Rescue List, andSoftie.

Advocate is nominated in the Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary and Best Documentary categories. The film, which was also shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature for the 92nd Academy Awards, follows political firebrand and Israeli defense attorney Lea Tsemel, known by her opponents as "the devil's advocate" for her decades-long defense of Palestinians who have been accused of resisting the occupation, both violently and nonviolently.

"From China to the Ivory Coast, and Israel to Kenya and the United States, these films illustrate the best filmmaking talent from around the world–stories that showcase the resilience of the human spirit, no matter the circumstances," said Chris White, executive producer of POV and America ReFramed.

"For more than three decades, POV has worked hand-in-hand with filmmakers to elevate the documentaries that inspire us, educate us and entertain us. We are proud of our long-standing tradition of broadcasting important films by exceptional filmmakers and are honored to have this work recognized and amplified," said Erika Dilday, executive producer of POV and America ReFramed and executive director of American Documentary.

Now in its 34th season, POV films have won 42 Emmy® Awards and the series has been honored with a Special News & Documentary Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking.

American Documentary's 'POV' and 'America ReFramed' 2021 Emmy nominations follow.

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Best Documentary

Advocate, directed and produced by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche

Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary
Advocate, directed and produced by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche

Softie, directed by Sam Soko and produced by Toni Kamau; a POV co-production

Outstanding Social Issue Documentary

The Rescue List, directed and produced by Zachay Fink and Alyssa Fedele, produced by David Coombe

Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary

Our Time Machine, directed and produced by Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang, produced by Violet Du Feng, Jin Peng, and Qingzeng Cai

Outstanding Shorts Documentary

POV Shorts, The Love Bugs, directed by Alison Otto and Maria Clinton, produced by Caryn Capotosto, David J. Cornfield, and Linda A. Cornfield

Tutwiler, directed by Elaine McMillan Sheldon, produced by Alysia Santo. America ReFramed, in partnership with Frontline, PBS, The Marshall Project, WORLD Channel, and American Documentary.

Outstanding Music Composition

POV Shorts, The Love Bugs, Mark Crawford, composer; directed by Alison Otto and Maria Clinton; produced by Caryn Capotosto, David J. Cornfield, and Linda A. Cornfield

Additional accolades for American Documentary | POV films include 26 George Foster Peabody Awards, 15 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 also received three IDA Awards for Best Curated Series and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity.

The full list of nominees for the 42nd Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards is available at The winners in the Documentary Categories will be presented in a virtual ceremony Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET on Watch.TheEmmys.TV.

Series Credits

  • Executive Producers - Justine Nagan, Chris White, and Erika Dilday
  • Co-Producers- Nicole Tsien, Nikki Heyman
  • Associate Producer - Sophie Harari

POV Shorts
  • Executive Producers - Justine Nagan, Chris White, and Erika Dilday
  • Producer - Opal H. Bennett

America ReFramed
  • Executive Producers - Justine Nagan, Chris White, and Erika Dilday for American Documentary; Chris Hastings for WORLD Channel
  • Supervising Producer - Carmen Vicencio
  • Coordinating Producer - Robert Y. Chang

About POV

Produced by American Documentary, POV is the longest-running independent documentary showcase on American television. Since 1988, POV has presented films on PBS that capture the full spectrum of the human experience, with a long commitment to centering women and people of color in front of, and behind, the camera. The series is known for introducing generations of viewers to groundbreaking works like Tongues Untied, American Promise and Minding The Gap and innovative filmmakers including Jonathan Demme, Laura Poitras and Nanfu Wang. In 2018, POV Shorts launched as one of the first PBS series dedicated to bold and timely short-form documentaries. All POV programs are broadcast nationally on PBS, and the PBS Video app.

POV goes “beyond the broadcast” to bring powerful nonfiction storytelling to viewers wherever they are. Free educational resources accompany every film and a community network of thousands of partners nationwide work with POV to spark dialogue around today’s most pressing issues. POV continues to explore the future of documentary through innovative productions with partners such as The New York Times and The National Film Board of Canada and on platforms including Snapchat and Instagram.

POV films and projects have won 42 Emmy Awards, 25 George Foster Peabody Awards, 15 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards and the first-ever George Polk Documentary Film Award. Learn more at and follow @povdocs on social media.

About American Documentary

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.Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, Open Society Foundations, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, Reva & David Logan Foundation, Perspective Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding comes from Nancy Blachman and David desJardins, Bertha Foundation, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust, Park Foundation, Sage Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Chris and Nancy Plaut, Abby Pucker, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee and public television viewers. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.