Latino Documentarians Nab Emmy Nominations

  Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four  by Deborah Esquenazi 

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four by Deborah Esquenazi 

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today the nominations in 49 categories for the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards which include some Latino documentary nominees. 

Bernardo Ruiz's PBS POV film Kingdom of Shadows, an unflinching look at the hard choices and destructive consequences of the U.S.-Mexico drug war, was nominated in the Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary category. The film weaves together the stories of a U.S. drug enforcement agent on the border, an activist nun in violence-scarred Monterrey, Mexico, and a former Texas smuggler, the film reveals the human side of an often-misunderstood conflict. The distinct but interlocking experiences of these three individuals expose the dark corners of a human-rights crisis that has yet to be fully revealed. 

Investigation Discovery's Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four by Deborah S. Esquenazi was nominated in the Outstanding Social Issue Documentary category. The film excavates the nightmarish persecution of four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls in San Antonio, Texas.

Other Latino-themed nominees include America Reframed's The Hand that Feeds by Robin Blotnick and Rachel Lears—narrating the fight of 12 undocumented immigrants who face an uphill battle and the threat of deportation when they take on the popular restaurant in New York City where they work, and PBS Independent Lens's PBS No Más Bebés by Renee Tajima-Peña about immigrant mothers who sue county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were tricked into sterilizations in the 1960s and 1970s.

The 38th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at a ceremony in New York City.