Freedom Riders The Freedom Riders Documentary film was a phenomenal success. It won three Emmy Awards (Outstanding Picture Editing for Non-fiction Programming, Exceptional Merit in Non-fiction Filmmaking, Outstanding Writing for Non-fiction Programming); it helped the PBS series American Experience win a George Foster Peabody Award; it inspired Oprah Winfrey to dedicate an entire show to honour the Freedom Riders; and it screened at the White House. The film was also included in Bill Moyers’ list of 10 best documentaries about champions of social justice. It made the NY Times top 10 films of the year, and it became the most watched show in the American Experience franchise in 2011, reaching three million viewers.