The International Documentary Association awarded Lucy Walker’s Waste Land with the prize for top feature documentary during its annual IDA Awards, held this past Friday at Los Angeles’ DGA Theatre, and hosted by Morgan Spurlock.
Waste Land follows Brooklyn-based artist Vik Muniz as he travels to his native Brazil to create art with the help of trash pickers working in the world’s largest garbage dump outside Rio De Janeiro. The film, co-directed with João Jardim and Karen Harley, also picked up the IDA Pare Lorentz Award earlier last week, which is bestowed upon films that illuminate concerns surrounding the environment, justice and social issues. Honorable mention for that award went to Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?, directed by Taggart Siegel.
Waste Land recently won the Public Broadcaster Audience Award at IDFA. It’s also one of the 15 films shortlisted for nomination consideration for the 83rd annual Academy Awards.
The short documentary award went to Kiran Deol’s Woman Rebel which documents the story of a female solider in Nepal’s rebel army, who went on to become a member of its parliament.
The IDA’s career achievement award went to Barbara Kopple, director of such acclaimed works as Harlan County USA, American Dream and Shut Up and Sing.
The continuing series award went to ESPN’s 30 for 30, which commemorates the sports net’s 30th anniversary with 30 sports-oriented films directed by top documentarians. The limited series award went to Have You Heard from Johannesburg?, produced and directed by Connie Field.
Jeff Malmberg, director of Marwencol, took the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Filmmaker Award.
Other winners from the evening are as follows:
IDA Music Documentary Award: For Once in My Life (directors: Jim Bigham, Mark Moormann)
ABCNews Videosource Award: Bhutto (directors: Duane Baughman, Johnny O’Hara)
IDA Humanitas Award A tie – Presumed Guilty (directors: Roberto Hernandez, Geoffrey Smith) and The Oath (director: Laura Poitras)
IDA David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award: Waiting for a Train: the Toshiro hirano Story (director: Oscar Bucher); honorable mention: The Stinking Ship (director: Bagazzi Koura)
Pioneer Award: Alan Raymond & Susan Raymond (An American Family, The Police Tapes)
Preservation and Scholarship Award: Mark Jonathan Harris