Press Release

July 28 2023

American Documentary Receives Wide Recognition with Eight News & Documentary Emmy® Awards Nominations


New York, N.Y. — July 28, 2023 — The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, (NATAS), announced yesterday that American Documentary has received eight nominations for documentary films featured in its POV and America ReFramed series in the 44th News & Documentary Emmy® Awards. The full list of nominated titles, covering six categories, is: Accepted, Delikado, The Last Out, Let the Little Light Shine, Not Going Quietly, Sapelo and Wuhan Wuhan. PBS received a total of 26 nominations. POV, currently celebrating its 36th anniversary as America’s longest running documentary series, and America ReFramed, marking its 11th season, have previously received 46 Emmy® Awards.

"We are honored to have the academy recognize our programming and continued advocacy for the filmmakers and storytellers whose authentic voices and unique perspectives provide thought-provoking, artfully crafted and timely documentaries for audiences around the country. These nominations are a testament to the POV and America ReFramed vision, our values, and the remarkable talent of these filmmakers in the AmDoc family who are front and center to our mission and whose compelling stories connect us to some of the most pressing issues of our time," said Erika Dilday, executive producer of POV and America ReFramed and executive director of American Documentary.

American Documentary's 2023 News & Documentary Emmy® nominations follow:

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Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

  • POV - Let the Little Light Shine (Kevin Shaw, Director/Producer)
  • POV - Wuhan Wuhan (Yung Chang, Director; Diane Quon, Peter Luo and Donna Gigliotti, Producers)

Outstanding Politics & Government Documentary

  • POV - Not Going Quietly (Nicholas Bruckman, Director; Amanda Roddy and Rachel Dickson, Producers)

Outstanding Social Issue Documentary

  • POV - Accepted (Dan Chen, Director/Producer; Jason Y. Lee, Jesse Einstein, and Mark Monroe, Producers)
  • America ReFramed - Sapelo (Nick Brandestini, Director)

Outstanding Investigative Documentary

  • POV - Delikado (Karl Malakunas, Producer/Director; Marty Syjuco, Michael Collins, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, and Karl Malakunas, Producers)

Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

  • POV - The Last Out (Sami Khan and Michael Gassert, Co-directors/Co-producers)

Outstanding Writing

  • POV - Not Going Quietly (Nicholas Bruckman, Director; Amanda Roddy and Rachel Dickson, Producer)

POV films and projects have won 46 Emmy® Awards, 27 George Foster Peabody Awards, 15 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards and the first-ever George Polk Documentary Film Award and the Prix Italia, since its launch in 1988. 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. America ReFramed has earned awards across media and journalism fields including a Peabody and a duPont award, along with an IDA Documentary Award, a Kaleidoscope Award presented by the Radio, Television, Digital News Association, three Christopher Awards and seven National Native Media Awards and an Asian American Journalist Association Award.

The full list of nominees for the 44th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards is available at The winners in the Documentary Categories will be presented live at the Palladium Times Square Theater in Manhattan on live on September 28, 2023, 7:30pm ET and will be live streamed on The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available online at and via The Emmys® apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku (full list at


About American Documentary, Inc.

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, the Open Society Foundations, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, Reva & David Logan Foundation, Park Foundation, and Perspective Fund. Additional funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Chasing the Dream and Peril and Promise public media initiatives of The WNET Group, Chris and Nancy Plaut, 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.

POV Shorts is known for its curation and for broadcasting award-winning titles, including: 2022 News & Documentary Emmy nominated, Oscar® shortlisted, and IDA Documentary Awards winner, A Broken House; A Night at the Garden, which received an Academy Award nomination; Emmy® nominated Earthrise, Water Warriors, The Changing Same; Emmy® winner The Love Bugs and Oscar® shortlisted Àguilas. The series won Best Short Form Series at the IDA Documentary Awards in 2020 and 2022, and was nominated in 2019 and 2021.

POV Shorts launched in 2018 as one of the first PBS series dedicated to bold and timely short-form documentaries. POV Shorts has almost 60 titles in its catalog. In addition, the strand works with major short-form digital distributors such as Field of Vision and has collaborated with The New York Times Op-Docs, Condé Nast and Chicken & Egg Pictures. POV Shorts films were official selections at the Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Hot Docs, DOC NYC, Palms Springs International ShortFest and True/False Film Festivals, among others.

About America ReFramed

America ReFramed is a co-production of WORLD and American Documentary, Inc. The series curates a diverse selection of independent documentaries that brings to national audiences compelling stories which illuminate the changing contours of our ever-evolving country. Viewers will be immersed in stories that span the spectrum of American life, from the streets of towns big and small to its exurbs and country roads. The documentary series presents an array of personal voices and experiences through which we learn from our past, understand our present and are challenged to seek new frameworks for America’s future.

America ReFramed received a Peabody Award for Deej and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for Class of ‘27. The series has earned several Christopher, GRACIE, Telly, National Native Media Awards, National Association of Gay & Journalists Awards, and Cine Golden Eagle Awards, as well as multiple nominations for Emmy, Independent Documentary Association and Imagen Awards.

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, Minding The Gap and Not Going Quietly, 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 available for streaming concurrent with broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including and the PBS App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO. For more information about PBS Passport, visit the PBS Passport FAQ website.

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 46 Emmy Awards, 27 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.


WORLD shares the best of public media in news, documentaries and programming. WORLD’s original series examine the issues and amplify the voices of those often ignored by mainstream media. The multiplatform channel helps audiences understand conflicts, movements and cultures from around the globe. Its original work has won a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, an International Documentary Association Award, a National News and Documentary Emmy Award, two Webby Awards and many others honoring diversity of content and makers. WORLD is carried by 194 member stations in markets representing 77% of US TV households. Funding for WORLD is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. WORLD is produced by GBH in partnership with WNET and is distributed by American Public Television (APT). Find out more at