Latino Filmmakers Win International Documentary Association's Awards


A handful of Latino filmmakers were the winners at the 33rd edition of the International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards, which were presented last night in a ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood. 

The  award for Best Feature of 2017 was presented to Dina, co-directed by Puerto Rican Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles. An unconventional love story, the film follows the evolving relationship between an eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door greeter. Dina was the winner of the Best Documentary Award at the last edition of the Sundance Film Festival, earlier this year.

Mexican-American filmmaker Lourdes Portillo was presented with the career achievement award in recognition of her body of work, spanning nearly 40 years and composed of award-winning films about Latin American, Mexican, and Chicano/a experiences and social justice issues. Portillo's award was presented by filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña.

Mexican DP Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva was the winner of the IDA Award for Best Cinematography for his work on the documentary feature Machines by Rahul Jain; while Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin were the winners of the Best Music Award for their original score composed for the documentary film Brimstone & Glory about the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico.