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RTD Documentaries takes gold, silver, and bronze at 2018 New York Festivals TV & Films awards

RTD Documentaries has taken home gold, silver, and bronze medals from this year’s prestigious New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Films awards ceremony at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

RT correspondent Maria Finoshina’s documentary Growing up with War: Children of Syria took the top spot in the Community Portraits category. The film bagged the gold for telling the story of children growing up in Syria who have never known peace.

Syrian boy on the ruined streets of the city. © A still from the documentary film, Growing up with War: Children of Syria / RT
Syrian boy on the ruined streets of the Aleppo © A still from the documentary film, Growing up with War: Children of Syria / RTD

The RTD documentary Love Commandos was runner up in the Cultural Issues Category. Director Natalia Karachkova’s film took silver for showing how a volunteer group in India defends young lovers who want to stay together despite their parents’ wishes and threats of violence.

Secret wedding of an Indian couple © Natalya Karachkova / RT
Secret wedding of an Indian couple © Natalya Karachkova / RTD

RTD director Natalya Kadyrova’s film Sea Life Savers won bronze in the Environment & Ecology category. Her documentary shows how the militant Sea Shepherd conservation group has teamed up with Gabon to battle the devastating effects of illegal fishing off the West African country’s shores.

'Sea Shepherd' goes thwart marine poaching
Sea Shepherd goes thwart marine poaching © Natalya Kadyrova / RTD

In addition to the awards received by its documentary films division, RT also took one gold medal, three silver medals, and one bronze medal in various categories this year, and also received six finalist nominations.

New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Films is one of the world’s largest awards competitions for news and documentaries. It honours content in all lengths and forms from over 40 countries in 190 categories.

In previous years, RTD has received New York Festivals awards for its documentaries H2wOeAlbino AfricaBlood & HonorShe is My SonThe Shegué, the Sorcerer and Che GuevaraTrauma, and A City of Desolate Mothers.