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International Documentary Assn.'s IDA Award nominees announced

November 12, 2009 | 12:56 pm

"Afghan Star"

“Afghan Star,” “Anvil! The Story of Anvil, “Diary of a Times Square Thief,” “Food, Inc.” and “Mugabe and the White African” are the nominees for the International Documentary Assn.’s 2009 IDA Awards. The award will be handed out at a ceremony at the Directors Guild of America on Dec. 4 hosted by Ira Glass of “This American Life.”

Nominations were also announced today in short-film and limited-series categories.

The documentary awards will honor filmmakers and film journalists who “displayed conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth.” A special “Courage Under Fire” tribute will be presented to Current Media journalists Laura Ling  and Euna Lee, who were arrested by North Korean soldiers while filming a story about the trafficking of North Korean women along the Tumen River. Sentenced to 12 years of hard labor, they were eventually pardoned after 140 days in captivity after a visit to the country by former President Clinton.

-- Susan King

Photo: "Afghan Star." Credit: Zeitgeist Films