Oscars semi-finalist ‘Waste Land’ wins IDA top prize

Waste Land” — Lucy Walker’s profile of Brazilian Vik Muniz, who recycles garbage into art — won Best Feature from the International Documentary Association Friday. The film — which is one of 15 semi-finalists for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars — was also awarded the Pare Lorentz prize, named for the late filmmaker who advocated the use of the medium to illuminate issues of social concern.

“Waste Land” bested the only other Oscar semi-finalist in the competition — “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” which is about British street artist Banksy — as well as “The Oath,” “Steam of Life” and “Sweetgrass.” “The Oath” tied for the Humanitas award — given to “films that strive to unify the human family” — with “Presumed Guilty.”

The Short Feature award went to “Woman Rebel,” a profile by Kiran Deol of a Nepalese teen who journeys from Mao soldier to elected official. As with three of the other nominees, this film was funded in part by paycaster HBO.

The IDA prize for Best Documetary TV Series went to ESPN’s “30 for 30” while the Limited Series award was won by Connie Field for the seven-part “Have You Heard from Johannesburg.”

In previously-announced races, “For Once in My Life” won Best Music Documentary Award, “Bhutto” received the ABCNews Videosource prize for its use of archival news footage, and “Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story” took the David L. Wolper Student Documentary award.

During the ceremony at the DGA theater in Los Angeles, two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County, USA,” 1976; “American Dreams, 1990) was feted with the Career Achievement Award.


Image: 2010 International Documentary Association Awards logo (IDA)

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