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Annenberg Classroom documentary garners awards

Annenberg Classroom’s documentary “Search and Seizure: Mapp v. Ohio” has been chosen for a Chris Statuette award, to be presented in November at the 61st annual awards ceremony of the Columbus International Film + Video Festival. The 25-minute film, produced by The Documentary Group, explores the landmark Fourth Amendment case in which the U.S. Supreme Court determined that evidence illegally obtained by police is not admissible in state courts. The 1961 case, as told with the help of Dollree “Dolly” Mapp, redefined the rights of the accused and set limits on how police could obtain and use evidence.


The film, which can be viewed here, is a project of the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.


The documentary 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 and an Award of Excellence, Educational/Instructional/How To category in the Best Shorts competition.