Washington, D.C. — Journey 1945: China’s Path to Victory, the vivid tale of two Chinese veterans of the 1st American Volunteer Group organized by the U.S. Government to aid China’s Nationalist Government against Japan during WWII, won a silver medal at this year’s New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards.
The 60-minute Voice of America documentary, produced by VOA Mandarin’s Dung-Ning “Daphne” Fan, weaves the moving stories of former “Flying Tigers” Patrick Chen and Robert Lee with archival footage and expert analysis of China’s struggle against Japan’s invasion.
At the awards ceremony in Las Vegas, VOA also earned several Finalist Certificates. A Single Step: Journeys of Women Leaders earned Finalist recognition in the Biography/Profiles category. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field and produced by VOA Senior Executive Producer Beth Mendelson, the film profiles five visionary women—an educator, an environmentalist, a media advocate, a social entrepreneur and a public health innovator—who turned bold ideas into social action.
VOA also won a Finalist certificate in the Education/Instructional category for The Making of the Constitution, produced by Kelly Jean Kelly as part of the VOA Learning English series, The Making of a Nation. The series teaches U.S. history by telling the stories of major events and personalities since the country’s founding.
Plus, VOA’s series U.S. Voting Rights Act won a Finalist Certificate in the Special Report category. Produced by VOA reporter Chris Simkins, the series takes an in-depth look at the 1965 measure that outlawed racial discrimination in voting.
“These accomplishments are a true testament to the quality of work our journalists and staff put in each and every day. I am truly proud of all of our winners,” said VOA Director Amanda Bennett.
The New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards honor the best programming in the world in the fields of news, sports, documentaries and more. With entries from more than 50 countries, it is considered one of the most prestigious media competitions.
Voice of America reaches a global weekly audience of more than 278 million people in 47 languages. VOA programs are delivered on satellite, cable, shortwave, FM, medium wave, streaming audio and video and more than 2,350 media outlets worldwide. It is funded by the U.S. Congress through USAGM.