America’s National Society of Film Critics has named Droh Moreh’s Israel/Palestine doc The Gatekeepers (pictured) as the best documentary of 2012.
The film, which will screen next at Sundance 2013 in Utah, picked up 53 votes, beating Jafar Panahi’s second placed This is Not a Film (45 votes) and Malik Bendjelloul’s third placed Searching for Sugar Man (23 votes).
In addition, the Critics’ award for best experimental film was given to This is Not a Film. All three films feature on the 15-strong Academy Awards shortlist for best documentary feature.
The win comes after the Los Angeles Film Critics Association last month named The Gatekeepers as 2012′s best documentary, with a runner-up mention for Sugar Man.
Talking to realscreen last year about his film, Moreh explained that the most difficult task of the filmmaking process was culling a huge amount of footage into a lean, 95-minute feature. “I left my kidney, my heart, my hands and a lot of my organs on the editing room floor,” he said.