Jehane Noujaim wins DGA award for “The Square”

The Egyptian-American filmmaker (pictured) won the Directors Guild of America award in the documentary category for The Square, while Neil P. DeGroot picked up the reality award for TNT's 72 Hours.
January 26, 2014

Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim (pictured) has won a Directors Guild of America (DGA) award for her documentary The Square.

The film was up against The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, Stories We Tell and The Crash Reel in the documentary category and is also nominated for an Oscar. It was acquired by Netflix last fall and premiered on the video on demand platform this month.

Noujaim, who is to speak at the Realscreen Summit this week, also won audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival for the doc, which follows several activists during the ongoing Egyptian Revolution.

In the reality programs category, director Neil P. DeGroot won for his work on TNT’s 72 Hours, for the episode “The Lost Coast.” He previously won a DGA award in 2011 for “Episode 1115″ of The Biggest Loser.

Check out the full list of this year’s winners at the DGA’s website.

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.