Challenging Heights Rescue List Movie Wins This Year’s Emmy Awards
The Challenging Heights Rescue List film won the America’s Emmy Award 2021, in the Outstanding Social Issue Documentary category.
The Rescue List has already won three major international awards; at the Heartland International Film Festival and the Bendfilm festival.
In 2015, Challenging Heights struck a deal with San Francisco-based documentary maker The Collective Hunch, who produced an ethnographic film about their work. The resulting film, titled “The Rescue List,” which took three years to produce, was finally released in 2018.
The Rescue List premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival and subsequently screened at several other international film festivals such as the North Carolina Full Frame Film Festival, New York Documentary Film Festival, Heartland International Film Festival and the very popular Mountain Film Festival in Telluride.
In 2019, the Rescue List aired nationally across the United States on PBS stations as part of the acclaimed POV series.
Challenges Heights in a statement after the announcement expressed gratitude to all of the partners who supported the film in various ways.
He further noted: “We especially celebrate the courage of the two American filmmakers, Alyssa Fedele and Zachary Fink, whose untold sacrifice made it all possible.”
“We also want to thank our US-based advisors on the film, Mark Hamilton and Lisa Halsted, for their unwavering faith, not only in the work of Challenging Heights, but also in being such loyal hosts to the filmmakers.”
Challenge Heights founder and president James Kofi Annan also recognized the role of his staff and family.
âTo all of the many Challenging Heights employees, children and associates who have played a key role in facilitating the production process; we say thank you â.
In the words of the San Francisco International Film Festival, “The Rescue List portrays a clever balance of ethnography and visual poetry while highlighting the little-known reality of child labor and slavery in Ghana.”
The 42nd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards recognized the content of more than 2,200 submissions, judged by a panel of 950 professional peers from the television news and documentary industry and streaming / digital media.