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MANILA, Philippines – A Thousand Cuts, the documentary following Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, has won the award for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary at the News and Documentary Emmys on September 29 (September 30, Philippine time).
Directed by Filipino-American filmmaker Ramona Diaz, the documentary follows Maria and Rappler as they fight for press freedom during the administration of Rodrigo Duterte.
The film traces the Duterte government’s attacks on Rappler and its reporters, from Maria’s arrest for cyber libel in 2019, and Malacañang reporter Pia Ranada being banned from entering the Malacañang compound.
The film debuted at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Before the News Emmy award, it was also named Best Documentary at the 2021 Gotham Awards. In June, it was given the George Foster Peabody Award for Documentary.
Ramona celebrated the documentary’s latest win with a tweet on September 30, saying “Thank you, Academy. And [Frontline PBS]. and of course [Maria Ressa] and [Rappler] and everyone of our Philippine team!”
The full documentary can be viewed online for free on the YouTube channel and website of PBS Frontline, which acquired the rights to the documentary in June 2020. – Rappler.com