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Thomas Lennon

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Thomas Lennon’s work in documentary film has earned him an Academy Award and three Academy nominations. In partnership with Ruby Yang, Lennon made a trilogy of films set in China, including The Blood of Yingzhou District, which aired on HBO and won an Oscar in 2007, and The Warriors of Qiugang, nominated for an Oscar in 2011. This film follows a farmer’s campaign to halt the poisoning of his village’s water. After the Oscar nomination, local authorities rushed to announce a multi-year cleanup of the toxic site. In 2003, Lennon was series producer and lead writer of Becoming American, a six-hour PBS series with Bill Moyers that traced Chinese immigration from the early 19th century to the present. “A model documentary that gets almost everything right,” wrote the New York Times.

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