Civil and Human Rights Commission Receives Emmy

DES MOINES, IOWA – Thursday, October 1, 2020 – The Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission was selected as the 2020 Governor’s Emmy® Award Recipient by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for their documentary Breaking Bread, Building Bridges. Breaking Bread, Building Bridges was a project conceived and directed by Director Joshua V. Barr to determine what happens when people are put together based on their differences.

The Governor’s Emmy® Award is a prestigious award that honors visionary, long-standing relationships that creatively and effectively use corporate, non-profit and broadcast resources to showcase the power of broadcasting to advance a mission or message. This is the most prestigious award from the Emmy’s Midwest Chapter because it is the only one voted on directly by their Board of Governors which represents all media professionals from TV stations and various other platforms across the five-state region.

The project started in 2017 when more than 150 people signed up to participate in the project and eventually 34 people were chosen. Participants were matched with an individual with a unique difference and had five different dinners together that took place in five different settings over the course of a few months from 2017 to 2018. “The purpose of this project was to see if in light of the ever-growing polarization of our country, could we get people to come together despite differences in their race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, etc. and find the commonalities that they shared,” said Director Barr.

This documentary was filmed and edited by Digital Matters Productions and debuted online on April 30, 2020. The documentary has been viewed over 17,000 times via YouTube and Facebook.

“In light of everything that is happening in our country and the world, we hope that this documentary can be an example of how people can transcend their differences and connect with others. On this planet that we share, we have much more in common than we do apart,” said Director Barr.

The 2020 Governor’s Emmy Award will be awarded to the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission during the 21st Annual Upper Midwest Emmy® Awards video ceremony. The airdate is Saturday November 14, 2020 on their YouTube channel.

People can view the Breaking Bread, Building Bridges documentary on both YouTube and Facebook.

Joshua V. Barr
Director, Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Department

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