IDA docu noms tap 'Evil,' 'Iraq'


Amy Berg's "Deliver Us From Evil," which examines the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic church, and James Longley's "Iraq in Fragments," in which Iraqis recount life during wartime, are among the films nominated for the International Documentary Assn.'s 22nd annual IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards.

The five nominated feature documentaries, announced Wednesday, are: Frank Popper's "Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?" from PBS' Independent Lens; "Deliver Us From Evil," a Lionsgate release; "Iraq in Fragments" from Typecast Releasing and HBO Documentary Films; Dori Berinstein's "Showbusiness: A Season to Remember," from Regent Entertainment; and Zach Niles and Banker White's "Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars," from PBS' P.O.V./American Documentary."

The short documentaries nominated are: "The Blood of Yingzhou District," "The Diary of Immaculee," "Angel's Fire" (Fuego de Angel), "The Short History of Sweet Potato Pie & How it Became a Flying Saucer," and "The Wild Sheep, and the Fox and Love."

"The purpose of the IDA awards is to recognize these filmmakers' successful quests for excellence. They deserve to be in the limelight," IDA president Diane Estelle Vicari said.

The winners will be announced live for the first time during the IDA Awards Benefit Gala on Dec. 8 at the DGA Theatre in Hollywood.

Eastman Kodak Co. has sponsored the awards gala since its inception in 1984.