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5 docs about Asia among the 2012 Peabody winners

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The prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards – now in their 71st year – recognize excellence in electronic media, ranging from TV to radio stations, individuals and the Internet, and are handed out by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Among the 38 winners, 7 docs and reports are from or about Asia. They have been produced by Fuji TV, ITVS, NHK, PBS, PTS and TVB.

. “Who Killed Chea Vichea?” (USA / KBDI Denver and other NETA stations)
Loud Mouth Films, Limited, Independent Television Service (ITVS)

This investigative documentary, produced on a shoestring budget, covers the 2004 assassination of a Cambodian trade union leader and exposes corruption in one of the world’s top exporters of low-cost clothing. (official website, video trailer)

. “The Untold Stories of the Tsunami in Japan” (Japan / Fuji Television)
Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Detailed, thorough and heart-stopping, this reliving of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster painstakingly combines familiar and unseen video, expert commentary and interviews with survivors.

. “Bhutto” (USA / PBS)
‘Independent Lens’, Bhutto Film, LLC

In this documentary, former Pakistani president Benazir Bhutto’s life story unfolded like an epic novel, with a fairy tale beginning, a martyr’s death and years of social awakening and political courage in between. (film page on PBS website)

. “Surviving the Tsunami” (Japan / NHK)
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)

Combining its own archival footage with video shot by ordinary citizens, this documentary meticulously examines what happened the day the monster wave hit and what Japan’s people and leaders can learn from it.

. “A Year in the Clouds” (Taiwan / PTS)
Public Television Service, Taipei, Taiwan

Beautifully photographed, the film records a year among indigenous Taiwanese mountain people who rely on eco-tourism and shared ownership of land and property to support their communal way of life.

. “People’s Republic of Cheating” and “Misjudged Cases”, a pair of investigative reports from Hong Kong’s TVB.

Official list of awards

SOURCE: Peabody Awards (4/04/12)

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