“For Sama,” Waad al-Kateab’s wrenching story of raising a young daughter in war-torn Syria, was named best feature documentary of 2019 at the International Documentary Association’s 35th annual IDA Documentary Awards, which were handed out on Saturday night on the Paramount Pictures lot in Los Angeles.
Al-Kateab, who directed “For Sama” with Edward Watts, also received the IDA Courage Under Fire award at the ceremony.
Last week, the film also won the top award at the British Independent Film Awards, a rarity for a documentary.
See the complete list of winners and nominees of the IDA Awards at the International Documentary Association website.
“Apollo 11” was named best documentary at the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards on Sunday night.
The ceremony took place at BRIC in Brooklyn.
Overall, “Apollo 11” was the night’s biggest winner. Along with best documentary, the film also took home awards for best archival documentary, best science/nature documentary, best editing, and best score.
The award for best director resulted in a tie between Peter Jackson for “They Shall Not Grow Old” and Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert for “American Factory.”
“They Shall Not Grow Old” was also named most innovative documentary, while “American Factory” also won the award for best political documentary,
Malaysia has for the first time picked a documentary as its Oscar hopeful with the announcement that “M for Malaysia” has been submitted as its entry in the best international feature film category.
Directed and produced by Ineza Roussille and Dian Lee, the film sheds light on the various events and players involved in the Malaysian general election of 2018, which ended with former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad returning to power.
The National Geographic brand has been covering climate change for more than five decades, but it’s only been three years since the National Geographic network, which debuted in 2001, has embraced the topic as a central component of its TV strategy.
“I think the belief at the time was that no one was going to watch that,” said National Geographic Global Networks president Courteney Monroe, who began to change that after she took over the U.S. network in 2014 and added global oversight a year later.
Since then, National Geographic has regularly tackled climate change through a variety of programs, including the 2016 documentary “Before the Flood” (executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio), 2018 documentary “Paris to Pittsburgh” (about the actions individuals and local communities are taking to combat climate change) and most recently, the Emmy-nominated miniseries “Hostile Planet” (which aired last spring).
HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” won the Emmy award for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys last night. Netflix’s “Our Planet” took home the Emmy for best documentary or nonfiction series.
Dan Reed directed “Leaving Neverland,” a four-hour film which features testimony from Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who claim to have suffered childhood sexual abuse at the hands of the late Michael Jackson.
Backstage, Reed explained that prior to taking on the project, he didn’t know much about Jackson, nor did he have an opinion if Jackson was “guilty or innocent.”
“I thought the two guys [Robson and Safechuck] would never speak out in front of camera,” Reed said, adding that in talking to them, he was inclined to believe their claims in part because they described what he considered romantic relationships.
See the complete list of documentary category winners at the Emmys website.