“Miners Shot Down’ wins Best Documentary Emmy

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Miners Shot Down, the South African documentary by Rehad Desai
which tells the story of the Marikana massacre in August 2012, has won the
International Emmy for Best Documentary. The film has appeared at film festivals
around the world where it has won numerous awards.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 43rd International Emmy Awards, at a gala event attended by over 1000 international television professionals and hosted by Egyptian Comedian Bassem
Youssef, at the New York Hilton on 23 November. According to a report by The Daily Vox, Desai stated at the ceremony that the film was difficult to make. “It took me three or four months just to recover from dealing with the footage from the massacre. I was born and raised in exile and it was all very close to me,’ he said. Desai hopes that the Emmy win will encourage local broadcasters to screen the film for South African audiences.

View the Miners Shot Down trailer here.

Full list of 2015 International Emmy Awards Winners:

Arts Programming
Illustre & Inconnu:
Comment Jacques Jaujard a Sauve le Louvre (The Man Who Saved the Louvre)
Ladybirds Films
France

Best Performance by an Actor
Maarten Heijmans in Ramses
De Familie Film & TV / Avro
Netherlands

Best Performance by an Actress
Anneke von der Lippe in Øyevitne (Eyewitness)
NRK / SVT / DR / YLE Fem / Nordvision Fund
Norway

Comedy
Doce de Mae (Sweet Mother)
Globo / Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre
Brazil

Documentary
Miners Shot Down
Uhuru Productions
South Africa

Drama Series
Engrenages Saison 5 (Spiral Season 5)
Canal + Creation Originale / Son et Lumiere / BBC Four
France

Non-English U.S. Primetime Programme
Arrepentidos – El Infierno de Montoya
Fox International Channels Latin America / National Geographic Channel / Fox
Telecolombia
United States of America

Non-Scripted Entertainment
50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy
Burning Bright Productions / Brown Bread Productions / Sky 1
United Kingdom

Telenovela
Imperio (Empire)
Globo
Brazil

TV Movie/Mini-Series
Soldat Blanc (White Soldier)
Canal+ Creation Originale / Breakout Films
France

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