We’re going a little glam on The I Files this week with a special themed playlist devoted to all things Emmy. You’ll get a taste of the year’s best Emmy-nominated documentaries without having to primp or be pestered by paparazzi about who you’re wearing. (Take that, Ryan Seacrest.)

Our Emmy playlist will take you around the globe, from the crowded factories of urban China to the Palestinian territories to the backrooms of the Detroit school board, with some of the year’s most surprising investigations.

 
Filmmaker Heather Courtney profiles young recruits from her rural Michigan hometown who are serving their first tour of duty in Afghanistan in “Where Soldiers Come From.”

In “A Perfect Terrorist,” Frontline follows the trail of the mysterious American responsible for plotting the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai, India.

Cambodian journalist Thet Sambath spent more than a decade tracking down the men and women responsible for the killing fields, in a quest for truth and closure in “Enemies of the People.”

For “A National Disgrace,” Dan Rather Reports goes inside Detroit’s struggling public school system to uncover shocking negligence and corruption.

There’s even some ice hockey, courtesy of The New York Times’ innovative documentary “Punched Out,” which follows the life and death of an infamous NHL enforcer.

Other nominated contributors include ABC, the BBC and the Globe and Mail as well as several independent filmmakers.

You can check out our full lineup here before the winners are announced Oct. 1.

Next week on The I Files …
Inspired by the PBS “Half the Sky” initiative – Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s four-hour documentary special airing Oct. 1-2 – The I Files will highlight 10 stories of women around the world who are turning oppression into opportunity. Stay tuned.

Amanda Pike (she/her) is the director of the TV and documentary department and executive producer of films and series at Reveal. Under her leadership, The Center for Investigative Reporting garnered its first Academy Award nomination and four national Emmys, among other accolades. She was the executive producer of the inaugural year of the Glassbreaker Films initiative, supporting women in documentary filmmaking and investigative journalism. She has spent the past two decades reporting and producing documentaries for PBS, CBS, ABC, National Geographic, A&E, Lifetime and The Learning Channel, among others. Subjects have ranged from militia members in Utah to young entrepreneurs in Egypt and genocide perpetrators in Cambodia. Pike also has dabbled in fiction filmmaking, producing the short film “On the Assassination of the President,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.