Crime After Crime, winner of one of the Women In Film Foundation's 2010 Film Finishing Fund Grants has won the 2012 Robert F. Kennedy Award for US Television Journalism! This prestigious award brings attention to the film and raises the profile of the issues it documents.
We congratulate producer-director-editor Yoav Potash, the rest of the production team and the documentary's subject, Deborah Peagler.This riveting and devatating documentary follows the sustained efforts of two land-use attorneys who decide to take on the case of a woman incarcerated for years due to her role in the death of an abusive boyfriend. It relates a great miscarriage of justice—but also one of heroic legal perseverance, with a surprisingly colorful cast of characters.
On Monday morning Potash received a phone call from Ethel Kennedy, personally informing him that Crime After Crime had been selected to receive the 2012 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for US television journalism. She thanked him for telling the important and deeply moving story of Debbie Peagler, and he shared with her that her late husband, Robert F. Kennedy remains a hero for me and for countless others.
The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards honor those who report on issues that reflect Robert F. Kennedy's concerns including human rights, social justice, and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world. Entries include insights into the causes, conditions and remedies of injustice and critical analysis of relevant public policies, programs, attitudes, and private endeavors.
Established in December of 1968 by a group of reporters covering Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign, the awards program has far exceeded the expectations of its founders. Led by a committee of six independent journalists, the Awards are judged by more than fifty journalists each year. It has become the largest program of its kind and one of few in which the winners are determined solely by their peers.
"Crime After Crime" is NOW AVAILABLE on DVD at www.CrimeAfterCrime.com and on iTunes, Amazon, and other video platforms. The film is part of the OWN Documentary Club.
See the official list of RFK Journalism Award winners at: http://rfkcenter.org/us-journalism-awards.