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2006 IDA Documentary Awards: Short Documentaries Nominees

By IDA Editorial Staff

From Marcelo Bukin's Angel's Fire (Fuego de Angel)

Angel's Fire (Fuego de Angel) (*Winner)
Director/Producer: Marcelo Bukin
Rec Stop and Play, Global Humanitaria

Eight-year-old Angel works in a brick factory all day long in his village in Peru near Lake Titicaca. This documentary depicts the forced labor of children and the poverty and despair that leads parents into abuse.


The Blood of Yingzhou District
Director: Ruby Yang
Producer: Thomas Lennon
The China AIDS Media Project, Thomas Lennon Films, Inc.

The Blood of Yingzhou District documents a year in the life of children in the remote villages of Anhui Province, China, who have lost their parents to AIDS. Traditional obligations to family and village collide with terror of the disease.


The Diary of Immaculee
Director: Peter Le Donne
Producer: Steve Kalafer
New Jersey Studios, LLC

The Diary of Immaculee reveals the horrific, yet inspiring story of a remarkable woman's experiences in the midst of one of history's most tragic events. But in 1994, Immaculee Ilibigiza's idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide, in which her family was brutally murdered, but she miraculously survived. With powerful and emotional on-camera appearances from Immaculee, the Good Samaritans who kept her alive, inspirational personalities and even those who killed, this amazing story of a journey through the darkness of holocaust will touch your heart. 


A Short History of Sweet Potato Pie & How It Became a Flying Saucer
Director/Producer: Nina Gilden Seavey
Producer: Ernie Crow
The Documentary Center at George Washington University, Team Sound and Vision

Meet Pearl Mallory, who works as a staff cook at the St. Mary's Court Retirement Community in Washington, DC. Pearl's specialty is sweet potato pie. There are magical ingredients in Pearl's pie that are borne of her tangled Southern roots and an unyielding devotion to the Lord. She bakes an irresistible creation that inspires the most extraordinary and unexpected effect on the normally staid residents of St. Mary's Home. Sweet Potato Pie is all the evidence you need to know that "You are what you eat."


The Wild Sheep, The Fox and Love
Director/Producer: Anne Magnussen
Embla Film As

Hilde (45) quit her well-paid job, sold everything she had and moved with her daughter and new boyfriend to the beautiful island of Grøneng off the west coast of Norway. They started running a farm and tending wild sheep. Seven months later, her boyfriend died, and Hilde sat heartbroken on an isolated island with her daughter, 300 wild sheep, two cats, a dog, two horses and a cunning fox that killed many of the new-born lambs. 

Then the hunter, Øyvind (32), came to help out. Hilde expected a "dried out old hunter-type of a guy." Øyvind expected an old lady...