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Documentary “While We Watched” Nominated for Prestigious Peabody Award

The acclaimed filmmaker Vinay Shukla directed the film, which follows the life of Indian journalist Ravish Kumar over two years.

Prabhav Anand25 April 2024 07:08

Documentary “While We Watched” Nominated for Prestigious Peabody Award

The documentary "While We Watched" has been nominated for the prestigious Peabody Awards, recognizing its contribution to the world of non-fiction as a powerful story. The film depicts the challenges journalists face in an era of increasing authoritarianism, with a poignant narrative. 

The acclaimed filmmaker Vinay Shukla directed the film, which follows the life of Indian journalist Ravish Kumar over two years. Kumar's relentless pursuit of truth in a climate of misinformation, sensationalism, and a ratings-obsessed media landscape is captured in the film. 

The Peabody Awards, which celebrate excellence in broadcasting and digital storytelling, have included "While We Watched" among the first round of nominees for their 84th annual ceremony. This nomination is a testament to the film's ability to resonate with audiences and critics alike, highlighting the fragility of free press and democracy. Erika Dilday, Executive Director of American Documentary and Executive Producer for POV, expressed pride in the film's team and their collaboration in bringing this story to a national audience. 

The film's narrative is not just a regional tale but one with global implications, emphasizing the importance of a free press in contemporary society. Critics have lauded the documentary for its intimate portrayal and urgency. Aryan Vyas of Asian Movie Pulse remarked on the film’s ability to capture the stark reality faced by journalists, while Wendy Ide of The Guardian praised it as “tense, essential film-making.”

The documentary’s journey began with a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Amplify Voices Award. It continued to garner accolades, including the Cinephile Award at the Busan International Film Festival and recognition at DocPoint Helsinki.

As “While We Watched” continues to make waves in the film festival circuit and public media, its Peabody nomination underscores the critical role of serious, balanced journalism in today’s world.

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