Press Release

September 23 2020

POV's The Silence of Others Wins ‘Best Documentary’ at 2020 News & Documentary Emmys®


POV's The Silence of OthersWins ‘Best Documentary’ at 2020 News & Documentary Emmys®

POV Leads As Most Awarded Show, With Total of Four Wins

New York, N.Y. — September 23, 2020 —POV, American television’s longest-running independent documentary series, has won four awards for the 2020 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, announced last night by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. PBS once again led with 5 awards, receiving more than any other network. POV’sThe Silence of Others won Best Documentary and Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary. Two other POV films won awards: 306 Hollywood and Midnight Traveler.

American Documentary | POV shares the award of The Silence of Others with Semilla Verde Productions, Lucernam Films, Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), in association with El Deseo, and executive producer Pedro Almodovar. Funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco as they continue to seek justice four decades into democracy. It was shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature for the 91st Academy Awards® and won a 2020 George Foster Peabody Award for Documentary and a 2019 Goya Award for Best Documentary Film.

“Year after year, the News and Doc Emmys are an acknowledgment of the vision and import of public media,” said Justine Nagan, executive producer/executive director of POV/American Documentary. “Particularly in this moment, these awards recognize the talent and dedication of independent filmmakers bringing brave, resonant stories to broad audiences. The Silence of Others shows the power of people coming together to fight oppression and to acknowledge and address past harm. It’s a beautiful film about the resilience and strength of humanity. We are proud to have brought it to American audiences through PBS broadcast and streaming and through our community network. Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees.”

Now in its 33rd season, POV films have won 42 Emmy® Awards, 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, 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. Learn more at and follow @povdocs on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The full list of American Documentary/ POV’s 2020 Emmy winners are ( for more details on each film):

Best Documentary

The Silence of Others, directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar

Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

Midnight Traveler,directed by Hassan Fazili

Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary

The Silence of Others, directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar

Outstanding Music Composition

306 Hollywood, directed by Jonathan Bogarin And Elan Bogarin

The full list of awards for the 41st Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards is available at The winners in the Documentary Categories were presented in a virtual ceremony Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at 8 p.m. EDT.

About POV

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. It's on POV where American television audiences were introduced to groundbreaking works like Tongues Untied,The Act of Killing and American Promise and innovative filmmakers including Jonathan Demme, Nanfu Wang, and Laura Poitras. In 2018, POV Shorts launched as one of the first PBS series dedicated to bold and timely short-form documentaries.

Over a generation, POV has championed accessibility and innovation in nonfiction storytelling. POV Engage works with educators, community organizations and PBS stations to present hundreds of free screenings every year, inspiring dialogue around today's most pressing social issues. The series' interactive arm, POV Spark, creates and advances experiential forms of storytelling and programming, redefining U.S. public media to be more inclusive of emerging technologies and interactive makers.

POV films and projects have won 38 Emmy Awards, 25 George Foster Peabody Awards, 14 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 Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Wyncote Foundation, Reva & David Logan Foundation, Open Society Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding comes from Acton Family Giving, 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, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 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.