Peabody-Winning Docs

Original Netflix productions have garnered a quarter of the 12 Peabody Award winners for documentaries (all of which are sampled in the video above). Honors went to Netflix’s Audrie & Daisy, about social media shaming of teen rape victims; Hip Hop Evolution, a four-episode history of the musical genre; and 13th, the Oscar-nominated film examining the criminalization of African-Americans.

Netflix subscribers now also can stream two Peabody winners that ran originally on public TV: Trapped, an Independent Lens doc about US abortion clinics fighting to stay in business; and Hooligan Sparrow, a POV doc about women’s rights activists protesting sexual assaults that occur in Chinese schools.

Public TV’s Frontline also picked up two Peabodies, and both of the winners can still be streamed absolutely free: Confronting ISIS, an “essential primer” on the origins and timeline of America’s war against Islamic extremists; and Exodus, a look at the current refugee and migrant crisis.

Another Peabody-winning documentary about the refugee situation can be streamed free at The New York Times or right below. Called 4.1 Miles, this Times “Op-Doc” focuses on one Greek boat captain thrust into the migrant breach:

Three of yesterday’s documentary honorees can be viewed over subscription streaming services other than Netflix:

  • Mavis!, HBO’s bio of music icon Mavis Staples, on HBO Now;
  • Showtime’s Zero Days, exploring cyber warfare, on Showtime Now; and
  • ESPN’s O.J.: Made in America, examining race, celebrity and criminality through the Simpson case, on Hulu.

Finally, to stream Investigation Discovery’s Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, which follows four Latina lesbians in the aftermath of being wrongfully accused of sexual assault. you’ll need to rent it ($3.99 SD/$4,99 HD) on AmazoniTunes, Google Play or Vudu.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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