Zaritsky has won more than 30 awards for his documentary films. Some
of his major honors include an Academy Award® in 1982 for his documentary
“Just Another Missing Kid”, a Cable Ace Award in
1987 for “Rapists: Can They be Stopped”, a Golden Gavel
Award from the American Bar Association for “My Husband is
Going to Kill Me”, a Robert F. Kennedy Foundation Award for
“Born in Africa”, and an Alfred Dupont Award from
Columbia University’s School of Journalism in 1994 for “Romeo
and Juliet in Sarajevo”.
His films have won awards at the New York Film Festival, the American
Film Festival, Banff Television Festival, Houston International Film
Festival, Columbus Ohio Film Festival, and the John Muir Medical Film
Festival. Three films, “Broken Promises”, “Born
in Africa”, and “Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo”
were nominated for Emmy Awards. In addition, Zaritsky has won six
Geminis, Canada’s national television award. In 1995-96, he was
an artist-in-residence at the graduate school of journalism, University
of California at Berkeley.
Prior to entering the film business, Zaritsky worked as a newspaper
reporter for seven years. In 1970, he received a Ford Foundation Fellowship
to study at the Washington Journalism Center for six months. In 1972,
he won a National Newspaper Award for his investigative reporting at
Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail.