Congratulations to Screen Ireland Documentaries, The Farthest, Elián and Forever Pure on Emmy Award Nominations

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Congratulations to Screen Ireland Documentaries, The Farthest, Elián and Forever Pure on Emmy Award Nominations

Posted: 30th July 2018

Congratulations to the teams behind Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland-supported documentaries, The Farthest, Elián, and Forever Pure on receiving nominations for the 39th News and Documentary Emmy Awards.  The Farthest, directed by Emer Reynolds has been nominated for two awards including Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary category and for Outstanding Lighting Direction and Scenic Design. Elián, directed by Ross McDonnell and Tim Golden is nominated in the Outstanding Investigative Documentary category. Forever Pure, directed by Maya Zinshtein, received a nomination for Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary in the Independent Lens strand of the award. 

Produced by John Murray and Clare Stronge at Crossing the Line Productions, The Farthest, has received worldwide critical acclaim, following screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Galway Film Fleadh, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Audi Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF) — where it scooped the coveted AUDI-ence award as well as Best Irish Documentary and the George Byrne Maverick Award, which was presented to Reynolds. Described by Screen Daily as a “thoughtful, intelligent” and a “soothing, deeply moving film”, The Farthest tells the story of one of humankind’s greatest achievements — NASA’s Space Voyagers.

The documentary celebrates these magnificent machines, the men and women who built them and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped.

The Farthest was supported by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, RTÉ, BBC, ZDF, Arte and PBS. 

Elián, which received its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, recounts the story of a Cuban boy named Elián González who, on Thanksgiving Day in 1999, was found floating on an inner tube in the Florida Straits. Set to the backdrop of a tense and acrimonious relationship between the US and Cuba, the documentary gives unprecedented access to key players in the saga.

As McDonnell and Golden showcase how that particular Thanksgiving Day set in motion a bitter custody battle between Elián’s Cuban father and US relatives, the documentary is underscored by a deeply moving personal and political commentary. Elián uses one boy’s remarkable journey to plot the path to rapprochement between Cuba and the US.

Produced by Trevor Birney at Fine Point Films, Elián was supported by Screen Ireland, CNN Films, Northern Ireland Screen, and BBC Storyville.

Forever Pure is an Israeli, UK, Irish, and Norwegian, with Ireland's Alan Maher on board as the Irish co-producer. In January 2013, a historic transfer deal sent two Muslim players to the heart of Israel to join Beitar Jerusalem Football Club, leading to the most racist campaign in Israeli sport. Closely following one season and a team in crisis, this film explores the structures of money and power behind this landmark event that sent the club spiralling out of control.

Forever Pure, which received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016, is supported by Screen Ireland, Yes Docu, NFCT, Sundance Institute, BBC Storyville, Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, DR, Liminal Fund Grant – BRITDOC, Filmkraft Rogaland, Fritt Ord, Bertha Film Fund, and Canal Plus.

The 39th News and Documentary Emmy Awards will take place on 1 October.