WORLD Captures 4 Emmy® Nominations and a NETA Win During 2023 Awards Season


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"Our multicultural creators passionately cover diverse communities, showcasing stories that might otherwise remain hidden from broader audiences. We take immense pride in the recognition our films receive from esteemed institutions,” said Liz Cheng, General Manager for Television. 

This year, WORLD has been nominated for four Emmy® Awards – one Primetime Emmy® (Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking), two News and Documentary awards (Outstanding Recorded News Special and Outstanding Social Issue Documentary) and one Daytime Emmy® (Short Form Program). Plus, we recently brought home the NETA Public Media Award for Historical Content for Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts!

We’re excited to lift these films up and continue our mission of telling the stories of historically-marginalized communities.

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Primetime Emmy®:
Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking

The Accused: Damned or Devoted? | Doc World
by Mohammed Ali Naqvi

Khadim Rizvi is running for Pakistan's highest office in the upcoming elections. The powerful cleric is on a mission to preserve the country's blasphemy laws, which prescribe a mandatory death sentence for disrespecting the Prophet Muhammad.

News & Documentary Emmy®: Outstanding Recorded News Special

Burning Questions: Covering Climate Now
by Covering Climate Now and Now Media

Will we act in time? Extraordinary journalists report on climate change around the globe, as families lose everything while world leaders dawdle and corporate interests resist change. Co-hosted by NBC Today’s Al Roker and NBC News’ Savannah Sellers.

News & Documentary Emmy®:
Outstanding Social Issue Documentary

Sapelo | America ReFramed
by Nick Brandestini

Journey to Sapelo, a unique American island off the Georgia coast, to hear the story of its matriarchal griot, Cornelia Walker Bailey, and her adopted sons who are coming of age in the last remaining enclave of the Saltwater Geechee people.

Daytime Emmy®:
Short Form Program

Asian American Stories of Resilience & Beyond

While Asian Americans faced a double pandemic of COVID-19 and anti-Asian racism, the rise of solidarity efforts within Asian American and other BIPOC communities gives us moments of joy, resilience and hope as we rebuild our lives. A series of seven documentary shorts move beyond the pandemic and reflect the complexities of Asian American experiences in this critical moment.

NETA Public Media Award Winner: Historical Feature

Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts | Local, USA
by Dru Holley

Established by Congress, the 14th Amendment promised citizenship in exchange for enlistment, prompting many African American men. They were denied due to Jim Crow laws but still served. The film examines the profound and often-contradictory roles played by Buffalo Soldiers in U.S. history, and how they fought on two sets of front lines: military conflicts abroad and civil rights struggles at home.

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