Synopsis

This documentary celebrates the centenary of this revered and seminal national award for literary excellence in journalism and the arts, and explores the impact they have had on the American sensibility over the past 100 years. Winning artists give an insider's view of how these pinnacles of achievement are selected in the twenty-one categories and how the award has the power to change lives and communities. The diverse stories explored in the film relate to immigration, race, gender and above all freedom of speech. The film features interviews with notable prize recipients including Toni Morrison, Michael Chabon, Junot Díaz, Tony Kushner, Paula Vogel, Ayad Akhtar, Carl Bernstein, Robert Caro, Martin Baron, Nicholas Kristof, Thomas Friedman, David Remnick, Wynton Marsalis and John Adams.

Directors

Kirk Simon