Press Release

July 29 2022

American Documentary Receives Four News & Documentary Emmy Awards Nominations


New York, N.Y. — July 29, 2022 — The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, (NATAS), announced today that American Documentary has received four nominations for the 43rd News & Documentary Emmy® Awards. POV, currently celebrating its 35th anniversary as America’s longest running documentary series, and POV Shorts, marking its fifth year anniversary, garnered three nominations and POV Spark received one. POV received nominations across a variety of platforms including historical documentary, politics & government, shorts and interactive media. The full list of nominated titles includes Mayor, The Neutral Ground, A Broken House and the groundbreaking POV Spark project The Changing Same: American Pilgrimage, Episode 1. PBS received a total of 28 nominations.

"We are honored to have the academy recognize our longstanding commitment to authentic voices and thought-provoking, timely, and experimental documentaries with these nominations," said Erika Dilday, executive producer of POV and America ReFramed and executive director of American Documentary.

"We are so proud of this latest honor for this brilliant film. Mohamad's story stretches across country and identity, and brings into bittersweet focus the challenges faced by so many migrants–it deserves every accolade." said Opal H. Bennett, POV Shorts producer and POV co-producer, of the nomination for A Broken House.

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. American Documentary's 'POV' 2022 Emmy nominations follow. To find photos and press materials visit:

Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary

Mayor, directed and produced by David Osit

Outstanding Historical Documentary

The Neutral Ground, directed by CJ Hunt, produced by Darcy McKinnon

Outstanding Short Documentary:

A Broken House (with The New Yorker), directed by Jimmy Goldblum, produced by Goldblum, Matt Weaver, Harrison Nalevansky and Richard Gephardt

Outstanding Interactive Media: Innovation

The Changing Same: American Pilgrimage, Episode 1, created by lead artists Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster, Rada Studio and Yasmin Elayat, Scatter

POV films and projects have won 45 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.

The full list of nominees for the 43rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards is available at The winners in the Documentary Categories will be presented at the Palladium Times Square Theater in Manhattan, Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 7:30pm ET, and will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV.


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 available for streaming concurrent with broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including and the PBS Video 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 45 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.

About PBS

PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 120 million people through television and 26 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’s broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirm that PBS’s premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a 24/7 channel, online at, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at or by following PBS Communications on Twitter.

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, Sage Foundation, 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.