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Annenberg Classroom documentaries win CINE Golden Eagle awards

Annenberg Classroom’s documentaries “The Right to Remain Silent: Miranda v. Arizona” and “Search and Seizure: Mapp v. Ohio” have received the CINE Golden Eagle Award. The 25-minute film “The Right to Remain Silent” details the U.S. Supreme Court case of Miranda v. Arizona, the landmark decision that ensured the right to consult an attorney and the protection against self-incrimination before police interrogation for suspects in police custody. The 17-minute film “Search and Seizure” explains the Supreme Court ruling that protects against the use of evidence obtained unlawfully in criminal prosecutions, under the rights guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment. The CINE awards were announced in December.

CINE, the Council on International Nontheatrical Events, was founded in 1957 to promote films for entry into major film festivals. Today, the CINE jury recognizes films for their excellence from a number of categories, including televised series, independent films, and children’s education and entertainment.  The two Annenberg Classroom films were selected for the Original Digital Division along with films from Cornell University and National Geographic.

“The Right to Remain Silent” can be viewed here and “Search and Seizure” can be viewed here on the Annenberg Classroom website, along with educational materials, daily civics news, and online forums for student discussion. The films, produced by The Documentary Group for the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, are part of the collection of civics education films developed for the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

“Search and Seizure” has also won a Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications; a Certificate of Merit in the Educational Program category at the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards; an Award of Excellence, Video for the Web/Educational Institution, at the Videographer Awards; an Award of Excellence, Educational/Instructional/How To category in the Best Shorts competition and a Chris Statuette award at the Columbus International Film + Video Festival.

Update, April 9, 2014: “The Right to Remain Silent” has been awarded a bronze world medal in the TV-online category for online educational programs at the 2014 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, announced at the NAB show in Las Vegas.

Update, May 21, 2014: “Search and Seizure” has been chosen from among the recipients of 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Awards to receive a 2014 CINE Special Jury Award for best non-fiction documentary in the Original Digital Division.

Update, June 9, 2014: “The Right to Remain Silent” has won a Distinguished Achievement Award as a supplemental resource for Social Studies education from the Association of American Publishers, announced at the 2014 REVERE Awards.