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2010 IDA Documentary Awards: Limited Series Nominees

By IDA Editorial Staff

From Connie Field's 'Have You Heard From Johannesburg'

Have You Heard From Johannesburg (*Winner)
Director/Producer: Connie Field
Clarity Films

Have You Heard From Johannesburg is seven documentary stories chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa's entrenched apartheid regime and its international supporters who considered South Africa an ally in the Cold War.


Afflictions: Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia
Director/Producer: Robert Lemelson
Elemental Productions, Documentary Educational Resources

Afflictions: Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia is a three-part series, shot over the course of 12 years in Bali and Java, Indonesia, as a result of longitudinal ethnographic fieldwork conducted by psychological anthropologist Robert Lemelson, exploring the relationship between culture, mental illness and personal experience. Through a trilogy of person-centered case studies, Afflictions seeks to address a series of questions about mental illness, difference and deviance.


Latin Music USA
Executive Producers: Mark Cooper, Elizabeth Deane
Series Producers: Adriana Bosch, Jeremy Marre
Director/Producer: John Valadez
Directors/Writers/Producers: Adriana Bosch, Daniel McCabe
Producer: Pamela Aguilar
Writer: David Espar
WGBH Educational Foundation, BBC

Latin Music USA is a film about American music. Fusions of Latin sounds with jazz, rock, country, and rhythm and blues-music with deeper roots and broader reach than most people realize. It's a fresh take on our musical history, reaching across five decades and musical genres to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all. Latin Music USA invites the audience into the vibrant musical conversation between Latinos and non-Latinos that has helped shape the history of popular music in the United States.


Executive Producer: Lin Arison
Directors/Producers: Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon
Simon & Goodman Picture Company, HBO Family

Every year, thousands of high school students from around the country audition for The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts' YoungArts program, which offers the chance to be mentored by some of the world's greatest artists in an intimate, interactive classroom environment. The nine-part series MASTERCLASS chronicles this unique program. In each episode, a world-class artist talks intimately with a small group of exceptionally talented teenagers. The artist, in turn, is reminded that these encounters are a two-way street, with the teacher re-learning important truths from eager students.


This Emotional Life
Executive Producers: Dyllan McGree, Peter W. Kunhardt
Executives-in-Charge: Jody Allen, Paul G. Allen
Senior Executive Producers: Richard Hutton, Paula S. Apsell
Supervising Producers: Lisa Mirowitz, Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss
Directors/Producers/Writers: Chana Gazit, Jack Youngelson
Producer/Writer: Jesse Sweet
Producers: Sabin Streeter, Alexis Bloom, Mary Robertson, Tina Nguyen
Writer: Daniel Gilbert
Vulcan Productions, Inc.; NOVA/WGBH Science Unit; Kunhardt McGee Productions

As millions of Americans struggle every day to forge more meaningful lives, This Emotional Life unfolds across three two-hour episodes, exploring ways we can improve our social relationships, cope with negative emotions such as depression and anxiety, and become more positive, resilient individuals. Each episode weaves together the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research, along with revealing comments from celebrities.