'Waste Land' Wins Best Documentary at IDA Awards


Lucy Walker's Waste Land was named best feature documentary at the International Documentary Assn.'s 2010 IDA Awards, which was held Friday night at the DGA Theatre in Los Angeles.

Walker's documentary, which looks at a giant Rio de Janeiro trash dump through the eyes of artist Vik Muniz, also received the group's Pare Lorentz Award, which was announced earlier this week.

Waste Land is also on the list of 15 documentaries that are being considered for an Academy Award in the feature documentary category.

At the ceremony, hosted by Morgan Spurlock, Kiran Deol's Woman Rebel, the account of a female soldier in the Nepal's People's Liberation Army, took home the Distinguished Short Film Award.

The award for continuing series went to ESPN Films' 30 for 30, and the Distinguished Limited Series Award went to Connie Field for her 7-film series Have You Heard from Johannesburg, about the campaign to end apartheid.

IDA's Career Achievement Award was presented by producer and director Cecilia Peck to her friend and collaborator, Barbara Kopple, director of such Oscar winners as Harlan County U.S.A.and American Dream.

Jeff Malmberg received the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Filmmaker Award; USC film professor Mark Jonathan Harris received the IDA Preservation and Scholarship Award; and the documentary filmmaking team of Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond who received the organization's Pioneer Award.

Jim Bigham and Max Moormann's For Once in My Life claimed the music documentary prize. Duane Baughman and Johnny O'Hara's Bhutto earned the ABCNews Videosource Award; and two films tied for the IDA Humanitas Award -- Roberto Hernandez and Geoffrey Smith's Presumed Guilty and Laura Poitras' The Oath.

Oscar Bucher's Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story was the recepeient of the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award.

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