“American Insurrection,” an investigative documentary by ProPublica and PBS Frontline, was named a finalist for the 2022 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. The annual awards honor the best in audio and video reporting, in broadcast, documentary and online, for strength in storytelling and impact in the public interest.
ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson, who was a producer and correspondent for the film, along with Midnight Films' producer Karim Hajj, editor/producer Jacquie Soohen and director Rick Rowley, explored the threat posed by violent far-right groups that see themselves as defending the U.S. Constitution, but are tied to anti-government, white supremacist ideologies and criminality. Over the last three years, ProPublica and Frontline have collaborated to investigate the rise of extremism in America — from the deadly Charlottesville rally in 2017, to a neo-Nazi group that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military, to the assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
As part of the ongoing journalistic project, ProPublica and Frontline conducted interviews, extensively studied social media and reviewed court records (some previously unreported) to identify more than 20 Boogaloo Bois or sympathizers who’ve served in the armed forces. Over the course of 18 months, 13 people were arrested on charges including possession of illegal automatic weapons, manufacture of explosives and murder.
“American Insurrection” is the second documentary produced by the same team behind ProPublica and Frontline’s award-winning “Documenting Hate” series.
See a full list of duPont-Columbia Awards finalists here.