Two Nordic documentaries win Peabody Awards

Two Nordic documentaries have been awarded Peabody Awards, an award designed to honour the most powerful and enlightening stories in documentaries.

The first documentary is Last Men in Aleppo, a Danish/Syrian documentary that follows the volunteer group ‘The White Helmets’ who try to save the lives of hundreds of victims in the besieged city of Aleppo during the Syrian civil war.

The second documentary is the British-made, Faroe Islands-set The Islands and the Whales. The whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but, when a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution, environmental changes threaten their way of life forever.

The Peabodys will be celebrated on the 19th of May in New York City.

The Peabody Awards recognise thirty stories every years in television, radio and digital media that depict important social problems. The awards are based at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.