The Chilean documentary Nostalgia for the Light (pictured) by master documentarian Patricio Guzmán was nominated for two categories in the 34th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards for Best Documentary and Outstanding Historical Programming—Long-Form, as it announced the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today.
Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light is a remarkable meditation on memory, history and eternity. Chile’s remote Atacama Desert, 10,000 feet above sea level, provides stunningly clear views of the heavens. But it also holds secrets from the past in its arid soil: human remains, from pre-Columbian mummies to the bones of political prisoners "disappeared" during the Pinochet dictatorship. In this otherworldly place, earthly and celestial quests meld: Archaeologists dig for ancient civilizations, women search for their loved ones and astronomers scan the skies for new galaxies.
The Chilean documentary was broadcasted in the United States last October as part of the 25th anniversary edition of PBS' POV series. Guzmán nomination comes just few days after the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences extended him an invitation to become a member.
Other Latino nominees for the 34th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards also included one nomination for the US-Guatemalan co-production Granito: How to Nail a Dictator by Pamela Yates for Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long-Form; and the US-Mexico co-production film Circo (pictured right) by Aaron Schock for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming.
The News & Documentary Emmy® Awards will be presented on Tuesday, October 1 at a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center in New York City.