Matthew Heineman’s documentary on ground-level resistance in Syria, and T.J. Martin and Daniel Lindsay’s archival portrait of the LA Riots are among the doc features nominated for International Documentary Association’s Documentary Awards this year.
In the competition categories, the nominees for Best Feature include Heineman’s City of Ghosts; Martin and Lindsay’s LA 92 (pictured); Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles‘ Dina, which captures the cadences of a relationship that re-examines the notion of love; Faces Places, Agnès Varda’s and French street artist JR’s vivid journey through rural France; and Yance Ford‘s Strong Island, a cinematic memoir about his brother’s violent death.
“The diverse array of films nominated this year underscore the vibrancy and elasticity of documentary form,” said IDA’s executive director Simon Kilmurry in a statement. “These films address the most urgent contemporary global matters — and the most intimate emotional territory. All of them demonstrate the courage and ingenuity of nonfiction media makers.”
The 33rd edition of the annual ceremony, which will take place Dec. 9 at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles, will also honor the best in documentary shorts.
The nominees for Best Short consist of Laura Checkoway’s Edith+Eddie, Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw’s The Fight, Frank Stiefel’s Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405, Jacob LaMendola’sLong Shot, Dan Habib’s Mr. Connolly Has ALS, and Patrick Bresnan’s The Rabbit Hunt.
The recipients for the Creative Recognition awards were also unveiled. They include Machines (Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva), which picked upBest Cinematography; Dawson City: Frozen Time (Bill Morrison) for Best Editing; Brimstone and Glory (Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin) for Best Music; Donkeyote (Chico Pereira, Manuel Pereira and Gabriel Molera) for Best Writing.
At the 2016 IDA Awards, Ezra Edelman’s O.J.: Made In America took home the award for Best Feature, while Orlando von Einsidel’s The White Helmets won Best Short.