Muslim in Trump’s America wins a Peabody Award

Deeyah Khan’s sixth documentary about the spread of Islamophobia in America during the presidency of Donald Trump – and its impacts upon Muslim Americans - has won a Peabody Award. The Peabody Awards honour ‘excellence in storytelling that reflects the social issues and the emerging voices of our day’. The Peabody is considered to be one of the most prestigious American media industry awards given to honor the most powerful, enlightening, and invigorating stories in television, radio, and online media. 

Due to the pandemic the winners have been announced online. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, presented the award. He described the documentary as an ‘important film at a critical time.’ Deeyah’s acceptance speech outlined the significance of the film to her, personally. She dedicated the award to everyone who participated in the documentary, and who shared their experiences and stories with her.

Other women recently receiving Peabody awards were Ava DuVernay, who was presented the Institutional Award by Oprah Winfrey and Judy Woodruff, presented the Journalistic Integrity Award by Jane Fonda.

This is Fuuse’s second Peabody award. Deeyah’s first Peabody award was for her debut film, Banaz: A love story. It can be seen on Fuuse’s YouTube channel here.

The winning announcement including Deeyah Khan’s acceptance speech can be see here.

NRK is currently streaming Muslim in Trump’s America in Norway. Watch here.

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