GERMAN ACADEMY OF TELEVISION: RAINALD BECKER AND CHRISTIAN SCHULZ RECEIVE AWARD FOR "SCHATTENWELT BND – WIE VIEL GEHEIMDIENST BRAUCHT DEUTSCHLAND?"
Special honour for the Ventana production "Schattenwelt BND - Wie viel Geheimdienst braucht Deutschland?": Filmmakers Rainald Becker and Christian Schulz have been awarded the prize in the category "Television Journalism" by the German Academy for Television.
For the fourth time, the Academy honoured outstanding achievements by television creators in producing relevant and high-quality programmes. This year's awards were presented by the German Academy of Television on Saturday, 12 November 2016, at the Filmforum NRW in Cologne.
"When television journalists succeed in having the light of their camera spotlights illuminate dark spots in our society; when they thus give us viewers exclusive insights into otherwise hidden worlds - that is excellent television journalism," reads the laudatory speech for the Ventana documentary: "Rainald Becker and Christian H. Schulz have managed, through years of research, to set foot inside the 'black box' BND and have taken us along with them. Their film gives us a glimpse into the inner workings of a highly controversial secret agency. A journalistic tour de force."
"Schattenwelt BND - Wie viel Geheimdienst braucht Deutschland?" is a production of Ventana-Film Berlin in co-production with SWR, RBB, DW, in cooperation with ARTE.
Picture credits: CR /DEUTSCHE AKADEMIE FÜR FERNSEHEN.