Delta College's Vietnam doc wins top documentary award in Lansing

The Academy Awards may have come and gone but Michigan is preparing its own big night to honor the state’s broadcasters and filmmakers.

And it’s a Q-TV production that has been awarded a 2018 Broadcast Excellence Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Q-TV, the Delta College Public Broadcasting station, has been recognized for its production of Vietnam Voices: Mid-Michigan Remembers the Vietnam War, winning the award for Best in Category: Documentary.

Producer Bob Przybylski will attend the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Conference on March 6 in Lansing to receive the award. Przybylski has been in the broadcasting business for 28 years, 15 of which have been at Delta’s Q-TV.

"The award is very meaningful to me as it is voted on by peers and it is nice to know your work is appreciated by others in the industry," he says.

"It is also gratifying that the participants were happy with the final program. This was a very emotional thing for them, and for us, as some of them told us some things they haven’t told anyone else. We wanted to do a good job so they would not regret that."

This is Przybylski’s fifth MAB Excellence Award in the documentary category.

The film features 31 local residents reflecting on their own experiences in the Vietnam War era, 21 of whom are Vietnam veterans. Others include anti-war protesters, soldiers’ families, and two Vietnamese immigrants.

Topics covered include Agent Orange, the anti-war movement, television news coverage of the war and its impact, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, the Vietnam War Memorial, and more.

Vietnam Voices: Mid-Michigan Remembers the Vietnam War is available on Q-TV Passport.

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