Press Release

July 25 2019

POV Receives 8 Nominations for News & Documentary Emmy Awards


POV’s Nowhere to Hide and QUEST nominated for Best Documentary; Sister series America ReFramed receives an Emmy nod

New York, N.Y. — July 25, 2019 —POV, American television’s longest-running independent documentary series,, has received eight nominations for the 2019 News & Documentary Emmy Awards, announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. PBS leads with 47 nominations, receiving more than any other network. POV’s QUEST and Nowhere to Hide were nominated for Best Documentary. The full list of nominated POV films includes QUEST , Nowhere to Hide, Survivors, The Workers Cup, with nominations for POV Shorts films Earthrise and Give.

POV’s sister-series America ReFramed, which airs on WORLD Channel, also received a nomination for its film Personal Statement.

Now in its 32nd Season, POV has won 38 Emmy Awards, since its launch in 1988. Launched in 2018, POV Shorts Earthrise and Give also received nominations for Outstanding Shorts and Outstanding New Approaches in this year’s Emmy Awards. POV also received a Primetime Emmy nomination for its Season 31 film Minding the Gap last week, its first Primetime nomination since 2011.

“The News and Doc Emmys have been an affirmation of the importance of public media year after year,” said Justine Nagan, executive producer/executive director of POV/American Documentary. “POV continues to push for greater accessibility for these films across the American landscape, and we’re proud to share stories that offer valuable perspectives from across the world, told by voices that need to be amplified. These filmmakers are all making incredible contributions not only to the documentary medium, but to the American public in sharing vital stories with care and innovation. We congratulate them for this year’s nominations.”

To date, POV films have won 38 Emmy Awards, 23 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 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 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. Learn more at and follow @povdocs on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

American Documentary’s 2019 Emmy nominations follow (visit for descriptions, links, embeddable trailers, art and press releases):

Best Documentary

QUEST by Jonathan Olshefski and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

Nowhere to Hide by Zaradasht Ahmed

Outstanding Short Documentary

Earthrise by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

Outstanding New Approaches

Give by David de Rozas

Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

Nowhere to Hide by Zaradasht Ahmed

Outstanding Social Issue Documentary

QUEST by Jonathan Olshefski and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

Survivors by Arthur Pratt, Lansana Mansaray, Banker White and Anna Fitch

Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

The Workers Cup by Adam Sobel

Personal Statement by Juliane Dressner and Edwin Martinez

The full list of nominees for the 40th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards is available at