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The 34th IDA Documentary Awards, hosted by Ricki Lake, took place Saturday night at Los Angeles' Paramount Studios.
Bing Liu's Minding the Gap received best feature honors, with Floyd Russ' short doc Zion, the limited series Wild Wild Country and docs about John McCain and M.I.A. among other high-profile winners.
Liu also received the emerging filmmaker award from director Barry Jenkins and Gordon Quinn, artistic director of Kartemquin Films.
“Both the best feature and best short categories recognized the remarkable range of work that was produced in 2018,” Simon Kilmurry, executive director of the International Documentary Association, said in a statement. “In Minding the Gap we see the emergence of Bing Liu as a fresh, bold new voice in documentary. His film sneaks up on audiences, and has a quiet and lasting power. Zion by Floyd Russ is a beautiful and touching work that does what documentaries can do better than any other form — give audiences intimate access into the experience of others, in a way that makes us better for it.”
The Courage Under Fire Award, given to a filmmaker who demonstrates extraordinary bravery in pursuit of the truth, was presented to Stephen Maing and the black and Latino whistle-blower cops depicted in Crime + Punishment, a doc about a landmark lawsuit over illegal policing quotas.
The Amicus Award was presented to Chicken & Egg Pictures.
New Day Films co-founder Julia Reichert received the IDA's career achievement award.
A full list of this year's winners follows.
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