South Carolina ETV’s “Downing of a Flag” nominated for News & Documentary EMMY award

Downing of a Flag is a co-production between SCETV, Strategic Films and Susie Films.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Nominations for the 43rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were recently announced by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). Downing of a Flag, a two-hour, two-part documentary film that focuses on the history of the Confederate Battle flag and its impact on the people, politics and perceptions of South Carolina and beyond, has been nominated to receive a News & Documentary EMMY® Award.

As an EMMY® award nominee, Downing of a Flag joins the ranks of the best storytelling in the television broadcasting industry. The 43rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards honor programming content from more than 2,500 submissions that originally premiered in calendar year 2021, judged by a pool of over 800 peer professionals from across the television and streaming/digital media News & Documentary industry. Honorees in 64 categories will be presented in two ceremonies on September 28 and 29, with the Documentary Categories being announced on Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented live at the Palladium Times Square in New York City and will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys® apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku (full list at

Being an EMMY® Award Nominee is an opportunity to celebrate everyone involved with the making of Downing of a Flag and the issues it addresses—from the talent both in front of and behind the camera, to the studios and networks that helped bring it to life.

With firsthand interviews featuring various perspectives and a wealth of historical footage, Downing of a Flag traces the symbol's controversial relationship with the Palmetto State, the South and the nation, exploring its true meaning and how a racially-motivated 2015 church shooting, which killed State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight black parishioners, served as the catalyst for the flag’s long-debated removal.

A co-production between South Carolina ETV (SCETV), Strategic Films and Susie Films, Downing of a Flag features interviews with current and former political figures, activists, and historians. This production was made possible with funding from Dominion EnergySynovus, the ETV Endowment, and Eastern Distribution, Inc.

As a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)-distributed project, Downing of a Flag is available for streaming on the PBS app and on Viewers who wish to engage with the film online can do so on social media by following and liking @DowningOfAFlag on Facebook and Instagram.

For more information on SCETV, visit The complete list of News & Documentary EMMY® Award nominees is also available on the National Television Academy's website at

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