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“For Sama”, “The Biggest Little Farm” among IDA Doc Awards nominees

For Sama, The Biggest Little Farm and Advocate are a few of the films nominated for the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) 35th annual awards. The association will also present its first-ever Best Director award ...
October 23, 2019

For SamaThe Biggest Little Farm and Advocate are a few of the films nominated for the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) 35th annual awards.

The association will also present its first-ever Best Director award at the event, which will be held Dec. 7 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

Waad Al-Kataeb, co-director and producer of the film For Sama (pictured), will receive the Courage Under Fire Award, which honors documentarians that display “bravery in the pursuit of truth.”

Past recipients have included Christiane Amanpour, Andrew Berends, Feras Fayyad and Laura Poitras.

“Back in Aleppo, I had no option but to fight the fears and horrors of this war through filming my experience both as a mother and as a female filmmaker,” Al-Kataeb said in a statement. “This award means so much, and I hope it will serve as an inspiration to women around the world who are suffering from war or prejudice, so that they may find the strength to film their lives and to tell their truth.”

The IDA received 785 submissions for this year’s Documentary Awards, including 375 features, 153 shorts, 124 series, 89 student films, 48 music documentaries and 44 podcasts.

Nominees for Best Feature and Best Director are listed below. Visit the association’s website to see the full selection.

Best Feature Nominees

Advocate (Canada, Israel, Switzerland; Film Movement. Directors and producers: Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche. Producers: Paul Cadieux and Joelle Bertossa)

American Factory (USA; Netflix. Directors and producers: Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert. Producers: Jeff Reichert and Julie Parker Benello)

Apollo 11 (USA; Neon, CNN Films. Director and producer: Todd Douglas Miller. Producers: Thomas Petersen and Evan Strauss)

For Sama (Syria, UK; PBS Distribution, Channel 4, Frontline. Director and producer: Waad al-Kateab. Director: Edward Watts)

Honeyland (Macedonia; Neon. Director: Tamara Kotevska. Director and producer: Ljubomir Stefanov. Producer: Atanas Georgiev)

Midnight Family (Mexico, USA; 1091. Director and producer: Luke Lorentzen. Producers: Kellen Quinn, Daniela Alatorre and Elena Fortes)

One Child Nation (USA; Amazon Studios. Directors and producers: Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang. Producers: Christoph Jörg, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements and Carolyn Hepburn)

Sea of Shadows (Austria, USA; National Geographic. Director: Richard Ladkani. Producers: Walter Kohler and Wolfgang Knopfler)

The Biggest Little Farm (USA; Neon, LD Entertainment. Director and producer: John Chester. Producer: Sandra Keats)

The Edge of Democracy (Brazil, USA; Netflix. Director and producer: Petra Costa. Producers: Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan)

Best Director Nominees

Petra Costa (The Edge of Democracy; Brazil, USA/Netflix)

Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche (Advocate; Canada, Israel, Switzerland/Film Movement)

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert (American Factory; USA/Netflix)

Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov (Honeyland; Macedonia/Neon)

Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts (For Sama; Syria, UK/PBS Distribution, Channel 4, Frontline)

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a staff writer at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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