This simple reconstruction of the brief encounter between an Army surgeon and a wounded soldier in Vietnam transcends the specific incident to illuminate what it means to be human. The surgeon’s decision to save the soldier’s life despite his devastating injuries becomes an ethical question to be answered by all. It is a story of moral ambiguity and personal triumph.
Credits: Ethel Bass Weintraub, Bob Brown, Victor Neufeld, Robert Schlenker
CNN's team of correspondents has courageously and continuously covered the civil war in Bosnia with outstanding professionalism. Correspondents Jim Clancy, Brent Sadler, Jackie Shymanski and especially Christiane Amanpour, who has covered Bosnia longer than any other American network correspondent, have consistently filed reports from the front lines with restraint and context. Filled with the horror of war, their reporting is tough yet deeply human. Supported by dozens of CNN production staff, they have focused the world’s eye on the former Yugoslavia, particularly on the plight of Sarajevo’s children and elderly, soldiers and victims of war.
Credits: Eason Jordan, Christiane Amanpour, Jim Clancy, Marc Dulmage, Brent Sadler, Jackie Shymanski, Peter Humi, Nic Robertson, Stephen Cassidy, Kass Cohen, David Clinch, Art Feenan, Lynn Felton, Tom Fenton, John Fiegener, Rob Golden, Paris Khosravi, Will King, Igor Kratov, Yan Mei, Larry Register, Stephanie Swanson, Annie Steeper, Chris Turner, Mark Biello, Dave Rust, Pierre Bairin, Malcomb Robinson, Cornell Marigney, Stefano Kotsonis, Margaret Moth
On the 10th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, KRON produced an eloquent and elegant documentary revisiting several Bay Area veterans who had made an earlier pilgrimage to the Wall. The station’s original concept and evocative production proved that the Wall has become more than a Washington landmark. For the Vietnamese veterans, the Wall is a healing instrument in their lives.
Credits: Ken Swartz, Suzanne Shaw, Melissa Peabody
This hour-long documentary chronicles the life of the late Harry Bridges and his controversial rise to power as a founder of the International Longshoremen’s Union and one of the American labor movement’s most charismatic leaders. The program is both an important contribution to television’s coverage of the early labor movement and a balanced portrait of a controversial leader.
CREDITS: Berry Minott, John Knoop, Veronica Selver, James Hamilton, Mark Adler, Studs Terkel, George Csicsery, Leslie Shatz, Richard C. Bock, Steven Balick, David Collier, Leslie Asako Gladsjo, Dayna Goldfine, Larry Loewinger, Rob Weiner, Dan Geller, Richard Neill, Charles Larrowe, Robert W. Cherny, Howeard Kimmeldorf, Lucy Phenix, Larry London, Steve Parun, Cappy Coates, Martha Goode, Katharine Minott, Lenore Espanola, Claire Tompkins, John Andreini, Bob Sweeney, George Young, Shirley Lenehan, Margaret Clarke, Pamela Porter
In a unusual alliance between an independent documentary filmmaker and NBC television, Barbara Kopple has crafted a mosaic about Mike Tyson as a deeply flawed human being with all the mythic qualities Americans attribute to sports heroes. Starting with his childhood delinquency and his resurrection through boxing, the 90-minute film climaxes in Tyson’s arrest for rape. Done entirely without narration, the film is comprehensive, sensitive and completely insightful.