The University of Virginia Center for Politics’ latest documentary, CHARLOTTESVILLE, received the Emmy Award for best Cultural/Topical Documentary from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award was announced Saturday at the 61st Capital Emmy Awards in Bethesda, MD.

This is the fourth Emmy Award won by the Center for Politics and Community Idea Stations, which regularly partner to produce documentary films for public television on American politics and history.

The documentary is directed by Paul Tait Roberts and produced by Center for Politics Director and UVa professor Larry J. Sabato with the Center for Politics’ director of programs, Glenn Crossman.

The two-hour film contains firsthand accounts by victims of James Alex Fields’ car attack, which killed one and injured dozens, and presents an account of the city and people of Charlottesville in the wake of shocking racial strife, religious bigotry, government blunders and political equivocation.

“This isn’t just a film about a terrible event in one small college town,” Sabato said in a news release. “What happened in Charlottesville in August 2017 is a national disgrace, and our hope in making this film is to help the nation confront a cancer growing on our Republic. The film shows us what can happen anywhere in America if we don’t confront this era’s menacing malignancy of racial and religious hatred.”

A trailer and additional information are available at

In 2017, the Center won Best Historical Documentary for “Feeling Good About America.” That film explored the 1976 presidential election, which featured then-former California Gov. Ronald Reagan, little-known former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter, and incumbent President Gerald Ford all battling for the nation’s highest office.

In 2013, the Center won Best Topical Documentary for “Out of Order: Civility in Politics,” which explores gridlock and hyper-partisanship in Congress. In 2014, the Center won Best Historical Documentary for “The Kennedy Half Century.” In 2015, Sabato’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), also entitled “The Kennedy Half Century,” was the first MOOC to be nominated by the National Academy for an Emmy for Best Instructional Programming.

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