Latino-Themed Films Receive IDA Doc Awards


The International Documentary Association announced the winners of the 2012 IDA Documentary Awards at ceremony last Friday in Los Angeles.The documentary Searching for Sugar Man by Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul that tells the incredible story of Mexican-American musician Sixto Rodriguez, won the top prize as Best Feature, the film also received the Best Music Award.

Mark Kendall's feature La Camioneta (pictured) was the winner of the David L. Wolper Student Documentart Award, which recognizes exceptional achievement in non-fiction film and video production at the university level and brings greater public and industry awareness to the work of students in the documentary field. The film tracks the course of a ten-year-old school bus from its auction in Pennsylvania to its new life in Guatemala to be used as a public transportation van.

Peter Getzels' and Eduardo López's Harvest of Empire was the winner of the ABCNews Videsource Award, given for the best use of news footage as an integral component in a documentary. Based on the book of the same name by columnist Juan González, Harvest of Empire traces the direct connection between the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis.