Lucy Walker’s “Waste Land,” the story of artist Vik Muniz’s transformative journey from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump there, was the big winner Friday at the International Documentary Assn.’s 2010 IDA Awards.
“Waste Land” won the feature documentary award as well as the IDA Pare Lorentz Award, which had been announced earlier in the week.
Kiran Deol’s “Woman Rebel,” the story of a female soldier in Nepal’s People’s Liberation Army who becomes an elected government official, won the Distinguished Short Film Award at the ceremony held at the Directors Guild of America and hosted by documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”).
The ESPN series “30 for 30,” which told 30 stories from the network’s 30-year history, received the Continuing Series Award. Connie Field won the Limited Series Award for her seven-film project, “Have You Heard from Johannesburg,” a look at the history of the international attempt to end South African apartheid.
Oscar winner Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County U.S.A.,” “American Dream”) was this year’s recipient of the Career Achievement Award. Individual honors also went to Jeff Malmberg, who earned the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Filmmaker Award; Oscar winner and USC film professor Mark Jonathan Harris, who received the IDA Preservation and Scholarship Award; and the veteran documentary team Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond, who were given the Pioneer Award.
Several special awards that were announced Monday were also handed out at the ceremony.
— Susan King
Photo: "Waste Land." Credit: Arthouse Film.