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35th Annual Emmy Awards for News and Documentaries

July 23, 2014 | By Public Programs Staff

The Division of Public Programs funds many documentary films over the course of a year, and many are widely-celebrated. But when a film is nominated for an Emmy, it is something to celebrate.

This year, two NEH-funded documentary films are nominated for Emmy Awards: “Superheroes: A Never-ending Battle” and “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.” “Superheroes,” a three episode PBS documentary produced and directed by Emmy-award winning filmmaker Michael Kantor, examines the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of superheroes over the last 75 years and their cultural impact.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s six episode PBS series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” explores African-American history and culture in the United States. Beginning with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of historic events up to the present.

The winners will be announced on September 30, 2014.

City Lore received a production grant for "Superheroes," and WNET received a production grant for "Many Rivers to Cross."