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“Summer of Soul,” “Faya Dayi” and “Not Going Quietly” highlight IDA noms

The International Documentary Association has released its nominees for the 37th annual IDA Documentary Awards. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Summer of Soul (pictured) is continuing its strong awards season by leading the ...
November 15, 2021

The International Documentary Association has released its nominees for the 37th annual IDA Documentary Awards.

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Summer of Soul (pictured) is continuing its strong awards season by leading the field with four nominations from the IDA. Jessica Beshir’s Faya Dayi and Nicholas Bruckman’s Not Going Quietly follow with three nominations each. PBS, meanwhile, has totaled 14 nominations across its programming strands, with Netflix and Hulu each piling up seven nominations, and HBO receiving six.

The IDA received 747 submissions this year, including 314 documentary features, 137 documentary shorts, 172 docuseries, 54 student films, 29 music documentaries, and 41 audio documentaries and podcasts.

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Feb. 5 in Los Angeles. IDA members will be able to vote in the best feature and best short categories beginning Dec. 13 at the IDA’s website.

The IDA released their list of 2021 honorary award winners last week, highlighted by Roger Ross Williams and Ronan Farrow.

A full list of the IDA’s award nominees will be available on its website.

Best Feature Nominees

Aprenas el sol (Nothing but the Sun) (Switzerland, Paraguay, from Film Republic. Directed and produced by Arami Ullón, and produced by Pascal Trächslin)

Faya Dayi (Ethiopia, USA, Qatar, from Janus Films. Directed and produced by Jessica Beshir)

Flee (Denmark, France, Norway, from NEON and Participant. Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, and produced by Monica HellstromSigne Byrge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie)

In the Same Breath (USA and China, from HBO and HBO Max. Directed and produced by Nanfu Wang, and produced by Jialing Zhang, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements and Carolyn Hepburn)

Jacinta (USA, from Hulu and ABC News. Directed and produced by Jessica Earnshaw, and produced by Holly Meehl and Nimisha Mukerji)

North By Current (USA, from POV. Directed and produced by Angelo Madsen Minax, and produced by Felix Endara)

Not Going Quietly (USA from Greenwich Entertainment. Directed by Nicholas Bruckman and produced by Amanda Roddy)

Summer of Soul (USA, from Hulu. Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, and produced by Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein)

Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker (USA, from Kino Lorber. Directed and produced by Chris McKim, and produced by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey)

Writing With Fire (India, from ITVS and Music Box. Directed and produced by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh)

Best Director Nominees

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (Summer of Soul, USA, Hulu and Searchlight Pictures)

Jessica Beshir (Faya Dayi, Ethiopia, USA, Qatar, Janus Films)

Jessica Earnshaw (Jacinta, USA, Hulu and ABC News)

Jonas Poher Rasmussen (FLEE, Denmark, France, Norway, NEON and Participant)

Nicholas Bruckman (Not Going Quietly, USA, Greenwich Entertainment)

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