37th Annual IDA Documentary Awards

The IDA Documentary Awards is the world's most prestigious event dedicated to the documentary genre, celebrating the best nonfiction films and programs of the year. It seeks to represent excellence in the documentary field from around the world, by emerging and established documentarians. The 2021 Awards was presented at a virtual ceremony on Friday, March 4, 2022. The show was ASL interpreted and captioned. Click "Watch on Youtube" to view the ceremony with timestamps.

Winner Highlights

  • Photo booth photos of Jonas Poher Rasmussen (left) and Amir "Questlove" Thompson and his dog.

    Jonas Poher Rasmussen, director of Best Feature, FLEE (left) and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Best Director for Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised , also Best Music Documentary (right).

  • Photo booth photos of Jimmy Goldblum (left) and Joshua L. Pearson (right).

    Jimmy Goldblum, director/producer of Best Short, A Broken House (left) and Joshua L. Pearson, Best Editor, Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised (right).

  • Nele Dehnenkamp, director/producer of Seahorse, winner of the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award (left) and Roman GianArthur, Best Composer, Eyes on the Prize: Hallowed Ground (right).

    Nele Dehnenkamp, director/producer of Seahorse, winner of the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award (left) and Roman GianArthur, Best Composer, Eyes on the Prize: Hallowed Ground (right).

  • Angelo Madsen Minax, winner for Best Writing, North By Current (left) and Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Gosh, Director/Producers of Writing With Fire and honorees for the Courage Under Fire Award.

    Angelo Madsen Minax, winner for Best Writing, North By Current (left) and Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Gosh, director/producers of Writing With Fire and honorees for the Courage Under Fire Award.  

  • Christian Beetz, Executive Producer for Viral Dreams, Best Short-Form Series (left) and Lois Vossen, Executive Producer for Independent Lens, Best Curated Series (right).

    Christian Beetz, executive producer for Best Short-Form Series, Viral Dreams (left) and Lois Vossen, executive producer for Best Curated Series, Independent Lens (right). 

  • Leslie Norville, producer (left) and Matthew Heineman (right) director/producer of The First Wave, winner of the Pare Lorentz Award.

    Leslie Norville, producer (left) and Matthew Heineman (right) director/producer of The First Wave, winner of the Pare Lorentz Award.

  • Edgar Wright, director/producer of The Sparks Brothers.

    Edgar Wright, director/producer of Best Music Documentary nominee The Sparks Brothers. 

  • Monaea Upton, reporter for VICE News Reports: Monaea, A 2020 Diary, Best Stand-Alone Audio Documentary (left) and

    Monaea Upton, reporter for Best Stand-Alone Audio Documentary, VICE News Reports: Monaea, A 2020 Diary (left) and Erin Semine Kökdil, director/producer of Best Short Nominee, Since you arrived, my heart stopped belonging to me. 

     

  • Jessica Earnshaw, director/producer of Jacinta, Best Feature nominee (left) and Kristina Motwani, editor of Homeroom, Best Editing nominee (right).

    Jessica Earnshaw, director/producer of Best Feature nominee, Jacinta (left) and Kristina Motwani, Best Editing nominee for Homeroom (right). 


Winners and Nominees

Best Feature

Apenas el sol (Nothing but the Sun)
Director/Producer: Arami Ullón
Producer: Pascal Trächslin
Switzerland, Paraguay/ Film republic

 

North By Current
Director/Producer: Angelo Madsen Minax
Producer: Felix Endara
USA / POV

Faya Dayi
Director/Producer: Jessica Beshir
Ethiopia, USA, Qatar / Janus Films

 

Not Going Quietly
Director: Nicholas Bruckman
Producer: Amanda Roddy
USA / Greenwich Entertainment, POV, Vice

Flee (winner)
Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Producers: Monica Hellstrӧm, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Charlotte De La Gournerie
Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden / NEON, Participant

 

Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Producers: Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent, David Dinerstein
USA / Hulu, Searchlight Pictures

In the Same Breath
Director/Producer: Nanfu Wang
Producers: Jialing Zhang, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn
USA, China / HBO, HBO Max

 

Wojnarowicz: F**K You F*ggot F**ker
Director/Producer: Chris McKim
Producers: Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey
USA / Kino Lorber

Jacinta
Director/Producer: Jessica Earnshaw
Producers: Holly Meehl, Nimisha Mukerji
USA / Hulu, ABC News

 

Writing with Fire
Directors/Producers: Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh
India / ITVS, Music Box


Best Short

A Broken House (winner)
Director/Producer: Jimmy Goldblum. Producer: Matt Weaver, former Representative Richard Gephardt, Harrison Nalevansky
USA, Lebanon / Condé Nast Entertainment, The New Yorker, POV

 

Kalsubai
Director: Yudhajit Basu
India / Film and Television Institute of India

Águilas
Director/Producer: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
Co-Director/Producer: Maite Zubiaurre
USA / The New Yorker

 

Open Shutters
Director/Producer: Youjin Do
USA, South Korea / Field of Vision

Ain't No Time for Women
Director: Sarra El Abed
Producer: Isabelle Grignon-Francke
Canada / Travelling

 

Red Taxi
Director/Producer: Anonymous
USA, Hong Kong / Field of Vision

E14
Director: Peiman Zekavat
Producer: Sanam Jehanfard
UK / Fifth Season LTD

 

Senior Prom
Director/Producer: Luisa Conlon
Producer: Jessica Chermayeff
USA / Independent Lens, PBS

Joe Buffalo
Director/Producer: Amar Chebib
Producer: Hayley Morin, Mack Stannard
Canada / Condé Nast Entertainment, The New Yorker

 

Since you arrived, my heart stopped belonging to me (Desde que llegaste, mi corazón dejó de pertenecerme)
Director/Producer: Erin Semine Kökdil
USA / The New Yorker


Best Director

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (winner)
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
USA / Hulu, Searchlight Pictures

 

Jonas Poher Rasmussen
FLEE
Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden / NEON, Participant

Jessica Beshir
Faya Dayi
Ethiopia, USA, Qatar / Janus Films

 

Nicholas Bruckman
Not Going Quietly
USA / Greenwich Entertainment

Jessica Earnshaw
Jacinta
USA / Hulu, ABC News

   

Best Curated Series

America ReFramed
Executive Producers: Erika Dilday, Justine Nagan, Chris White, Christopher Hastings
USA / American Documentary inc., WORLD Channel

 

Pacific Heartbeat
Executive Producer: Leanne K. Ferrer
USA / American Public Television, WORLD Channel, PBS

American Masters
Executive Producer: Michael Kantor
USA, Canada / THIRTEEN Productions, LLC, PBS

 

POV
Executive Producers: Erika Dilday, Chris White
USA, Puerto Rico / PBS

Independent Lens (winner)
Executive Producers: Lois Vossen, Sally Jo Fifer
USA / Independent Lens, PBS

 

 


Best Episodic Series

Alien Worlds
Executive Producers: Tim Lambert, Jeremy Dear
USA / Netflix

 

The Surgeon's Cut
Executive Producers: Andrew Cohen, James Van Der Pool
USA / Netflix

Becoming You
Executive Producers: Hamo Forsyth, Leanne Klein, Tim Lambert, Martin Conway
USA, UK / Apple TV+  

 

Untold
Executive Producers: Maclain Way, Chapman Way, Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Isabel San Vargas, Ryan Duffy, Miguel Tamayo, Jaymee Messler
USA / Netflix

My Love: Six Stories of True Love (winner)
Executive Producers: Xan Aranda, Mo-young Jin, Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard, Jordan Wynn
USA / Netflix

   

Best Multi-Part Documentary

Exterminate All the Brutes (winner)
Director/Executive Producer: Raoul Peck
Producers: Daniel Delume. Executive Producers: Rémi Grellety, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Jamie Morris, Jack Oliver, Poppy Dixon
USA, France / HBO, HBO Max

 

Philly D.A.
Directors/Producers: Ted Passon, Yoni Brook
Producer: Nicole Salazar. Executive Producers: Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald, Dawn Porter, Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen, Nion McEvoy, Patty Quillin, Jeff Seelbach, Ryan Chanatr, Gena Konstantinakos
USA / Independent Lens, PBS

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America
Director/Executive Producer: Roger Ross Williams
Producer: Jonathan Clasberry. Executive Producers: Shoshana Guy, Geoff Martz, Craig Piligian, Sarba Das, Fabienne Toback, Karis Jagger
USA / Netflix

 

Uprising
Directors/Executive Producers: Steve McQueen, James Rogan
Producers: Helen Bart, Nelson Adeosun,  Joanna Boateng. Executive Producers: Nancy Bornat, Soleta Rogan, Tracey Scoffield, Clare Sillery, Carl Callam, Emma Loach, Vivienne Steele, Anna Smith-Tenser, David Tanner, Justin Thomson
UK / Amazon Studios

Nuclear Family
Director/Producer: Ry Russo-Young
Producers: Dan Cogan, Warren Fischer. Executive Producers: Liz Garbus, Julie Gaither, Jon Bardin, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn Dreyfous, Lauren Haber, Peter Saraf, Leah Holzer, Alex Turtletaub, Maria Zuckerman, Christine Connor, Ryan Heller, Barbara Dobkin, Eric Dobkin, Andrea van Beuren, Joe Landauer
USA / HBO, HBO Max

 

 


Best Short Form Series

Earth at Night in Color
Producers: Sam Hodgson, Simon Muriel, Tom Payne, Justin Anderson, Joe Stevens. Executive Producer: Alex Williamson
UK, USA / Apple TV+

 

POV Shorts
Producer: Opal Bennet. Executive Producers: Erika Dilday, Chris White
USA / PBS

Field of Vision
Producers: Youjin Do, Ruun Nuur, Chase Whiteside, Mike Plante, Arielle de Saint Phalle, Paul Dallas, Dana Brandes-Simon, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Patricia Benabe, Anonymous. Executive Producer: Charlotte Cook
USA / Field of Vision

 

Viral Dreams (winner)
Producers: Georg Tschurtschenthaler, Udi Nir, Sagi Bornstein. Executive Producer: Christian Beetz
Germany, Israel / HOT8, SVT, DR, ZDF/Arte

K-Pop Evolution
Producers: Robert Ock, Sejin Park, Ann Shin. Executive Producers: Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn
Canada, South Korea / YouTube Originals

 

Witness 

Producers: Lisa Camillo, Owen Kean, Saad Zuberi, Amber Fares, Emile Guertin, Reem Haddad. Executive Producer: Fiona Lawson-Baker
Italy, Pakistan, Israel / Al Jazeera English


Best Multi-Part Audio Documentary or Series

My Fugitive
Host: Nina Gilden Seavey. Senior Producer: Kat Aaron. Managing Editors: Joel Lovell, Maddy Sprung-Kaiser. Producers: Agerenesh Ashagre, Justine Daum, Janelle Anderson, Maria Robins-Somerville, Xandra Ellin. Executive Producers: Jenna Weiss-Berman, Max Linsky
USA / Pineapple Street Studios

 

I'm Not A Monster
Reporter/Producer: Josh Baker. Producers: Joe Kent, Max Green. Executive Producers: Raney Aronson-Rath, Dylan Haskins
UK, USA, Syria / FRONTLINE, BBC Sounds, BBC Panorama

Suave (winner)
Reporters: Maggie Freleng, Julieta Martinelli. Producer/Executive Producer: Maria Hinojosa. Producers: Maggie Freleng, Julieta Martinelli, Marlon Bishop, Audrey Quinn, Stephanie Lebow
USA / Futuro Studios, PRX

 

Through The Cracks
Reporter: Jonquilyn Hill. Producers: Ruth Tam, Patrick Fort. Executive Producer: Poncie Rutsch
USA / WAMU, PRX

The Vanishing of Harry Pace
Producers: Shima Oliaee, Jami Floyd, Jad Abumrad
USA / WNYC

   

Best Stand-Alone Audio Documentary

La foresta dei violini
Composers: Francesca Bolognesi, Benoit Bories. Producers: RSI SRG.SSR Rete Due Laser, Faïdos Sonore
Switzerland, Italy, France

 

VICE News Reports: Monaea, A 2020 Diary (winner)
Reporter: Monaea Upton. Reporter/Producer: Jen Kinney. Producers: Ashley Cleek, Adizah Eghan, Kyle Murdock, Adreanna Rodriguez. Executive Producer: Kate Osborn
USA / VICE News, iHeartRadio

The Story of Two Moms
Director: Woo-Kwang Kim. Executive Producer: Yeon-Hui Lee
South Korea / KBS

 

 


Best Music Documentary

Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over
Director/Producer: Beth B
USA / Kino Lorber

 

Tina
Directors: Dan Lindsay, T.J. Martin
Producers: Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn, Diane Becker
USA / HBO, HBO Max

The Sparks Brothers
Director/Producer: Edgar Wright
Producers: Nira Park, George Hencken, Laura Richardson
UK / Focus Features

 

The Velvet Underground
Director/Producer: Todd Haynes
Producers: Christine Vachon, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, David Blackman
USA / Apple TV+

Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (winner)
Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Producers: Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent, David Dinerstein
USA / Hulu, Searchlight Pictures

 

 


David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award

This award 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.

Anchored Out
Directors/Producers: Katie Bernstein, Clara Mokri
USA / UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

 

Seahorse (winner)
Director/Producer: Nele Dehnenkamp
Producer: Christine Duttlinger
Germany / Film Academy Baden-Württemberg / POV Shorts

In The Space You Left
Director/Producer: Christine Saab. Producer: Ju Park
UK / National Film and Television School

 

The Doll
Director/Producer: Elahe Esmaili
Iran / Tehran University of Art

No Soy Óscar
Director: Jon Ayon. Producer: Emily Ruth Smith
USA, Mexico / Stanford University

 

 


Best Cinematography

Ascension
Cinematographers: Jessica Kingdon, Nathan Truesdell
USA / MTV Documentary Films

 

The Lost Leonardo
Cinematographer: Adam Jandrup
Denmark, France / Sony Pictures Classics

Cusp
Cinematographers: Isabel Bethencourt, Parker Hill
USA / SHOWTIME Documentary Films

 

The First Wave
Cinematographers: Ross McDonnell, Thorsten Thielow, Brian Dawson, Matthew Heineman, Alex Pritz
USA / National Geographic

Faya Dayi (winner)
Cinematographer: Jessica Beshir
Ethiopia, USA, Qatar

 

 


Best Editing

Charm Circle
Editors: Michael Levine, Nira Burstein
USA

 

Simple As Water
Editors: Purcell Carson, Megan Mylan
USA, Syria

Homeroom
Editors: Kristina Motwani, Rebecca Adorno
USA / Hulu

 

Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (winner)
Editor: Joshua L. Pearson
USA / Hulu, Searchlight Pictures

Procession
Editor: Robert Greene
USA / Netflix

 

 


Best Music Score

Eyes on the Prize: Hallowed Ground (winner)
Composer: Roman GianArthur
USA / HBO Max

 

Speer Goes to Hollywood
Composer: Frank Ilfman
Israel, Austria, Germany

Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust
Composers: Lori Goldston, Steve Fisk, Alexander Miranda
USA / PBS

 

The Lost Leonardo
Composer: Sveinung Nygaard
Denmark, France / Sony Pictures Classics

Pelé
Composers: Antônio Pinto, Gabriel Ferreira, Felipe Kim
USA, Brazil / Netflix

 

The Neutral Ground 

Composer: Sultana Isham 

USA / PBS


Best Writing

Duty Free
Writer: Sian-Pierre Regis
USA / Independent Lens, PBS

 

Not Going Quietly
Writers: Nicholas Bruckman, Amanda Roddy
USA / Greenwich Entertainment

Eyes On The Prize: Hallowed Ground
Writers: Lenelle Moïse, Sophia Nahli Allison
USA / HBO Max

 

The One And Only Dick Gregory
Writer: Andre Gaines
USA / SHOWTIME Documentary Films, Cinemation Studios, Hartbeat Productions, Hillman Grad Productions

North By Current (winner)
Writer: Angelo Madsen Minax
USA / POV, PBS

 

 


ABC News VideoSource Award

The ABC News VideoSource Award is given each year for the best use of news footage as an integral component in a documentary.

9/11 Inside the President War Room
Director/Producer: Adam Wishart
Producer: Simon Finch
UK, USA / Apple TV+

 

Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres
Director/Producer: Suzanne Joe Kai
USA

American Experience: Sandra Day O’Connor
Director/Producer: Michelle Ferrari
Producer: Connie Honeycutt
USA / PBS

 

Whirlybird (winner)
Director/Producer: Matt Yoka
Producer: Diane Becker
USA / Greenwich Entertainment, A&E IndieFilms

Cured
Directors/Producers: Patrick Sammon, Bennett Singer
USA / Independent Lens, PBS

 

 


Pare Lorentz Award

The Pare Lorentz Award recognizes films that demonstrate exemplary filmmaking while focusing on the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all and the illumination of pressing social problems.

The First Wave (winner)
Director: Matthew Heineman
Producers: Jenna Millman, Leslie Norville
USA / National Geographic

 

Tigre Gente (honorable mention)
Director/Producer: Elizabeth Unger
Producer: Joanna Natasegara
USA