All the award nominations for the 2021 International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards have been announced and three films made with the support of our Production Assistance Program are among them!
- FAYA DAYI (dir. Jessica Beshir), a journey into the rituals of khat, a leaf that Sufi Muslims have chewed for centuries for religious purposes and Ethiopia’s most lucrative cash crop, is nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Cinematography.
- JACINTA (dir. Jessica Earnshaw, prod. Jessica Earnshaw, Holly Meehl, Nimisha Mukerji), which follows a woman hoping to break a cycle of drug addiction and reconnect with her young daughter, is nominated for Best Feature and Best Director.
- TIGRE GENTE (dir. Elizabeth Unger), which examines the rise of illegal jaguar trade in Bolivia fueled by Chinese demand, received an honorable Mention for the IDA’s Pare Lorentz Award. The fund provides production and post-production grants to documentaries that bring to light issues in the United States with objective research and artistic and technical achievements that evoke the spirit of Pare Lorentz’s films.
Program alums Amber Fares (WITNESS), Nira Burstein (CHARM CIRCLE), and Purcell Carson (SIMPLE AS WATER) received nominations for their new films as well.
Congratulations to all! A full list of nominees can be found here.
Post by Mick Bongiovi