MediaLab Documentary Wins 2021 College Emmy Award | A&E

The Lutheran University of the Pacific’s MediaLab recently received a 2021 College Emmy for its documentary Eyes above: militarization of the sacred land.

Shot in early 2020 and edited over the course of a year, the film won the College Emmy for the Northwestern Chapter in the long-running non-fiction category, according to a press release.

This was the 10th MediaLab nomination and its second victory.

The film, Eyes Above: The Militarization of the Sacred Land, discusses militarization and surveillance at the US-Mexico border. The film focuses on members of the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona who reside on the largest traditional land reserve in the United States and cross the border.

“We are honored and touched by this award, but none of this would have been possible without the incredible stories of our interviewees,” said filmmaker Ben Leschensky. “The story of their struggle along the southern border should challenge us all to be better and to expect better of our fellow human beings.”

The film was produced and directed by Brennan LaBrie, Hallie Harper, Hanna McCauley, Sarah Ward, Raven Lirio, Emil Groseclose, Ben Leschensky and Seley Nemish. MediaLab students Rosemary Bennett and Armanda Dupont made up the film’s graphics team, with Dr Kat Hoyt from PLU’s communications department as an advisor.

Eyes Above: The Militarization of the Sacred Land created on YouTube on April 1, 2021 and can be viewed here. For more information about the project and the team, visit here.

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