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Twenty-six nonfiction films have been nominated for five International Documentary Association awards, which will be presented Oct. 30 at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey.

Two distinguished achievement award winners will be selected from the feature-length category and one each from shorts, limited series and strands.

“We saw so many impressive entries,” says IDA President David Haugland. “It was very difficult to choose from among them. The quality of work being done by nonfiction filmmakers is exceptional and very encouraging.”

Feature nominees include Spike Lee’s “4 Little Girls,” Michael Apted’s “42 Up,” Michael Moore’s “And Justice For All” and Tish Streeten’s “Juliette of the Herbs.”

Nominees in short films include Danielle Renfrew and Beth Seltzer’s “Dear Dr. Spencer: Abortion in a Small Town,” Ellie Lee’s “Repetition Compulsion,” Jay Rosenblatt’s “Human Remains” and Jennifer Stephens’ “Working Sister.”

In the limited series, nominees include “The American Experience: Reagan,” produced by Austin Hoyt and Adriana Bosch; “Eco-Challenge Australia,” directed by Melissa Jo Peltier and produced by Jim Milio, Mark Hufnail and Peltier; and “The Nazis: A Warning From History,” produced by Laurence Rees and Robert F. Kennedy.

Nominees in the strand category include “America’s Endangered Species: Don’t Say Goodbye,” directed by Robert Kenner and produced by Nicolas Noxon and Kenner; “Inside Story Special: Nazi Gold,” produced by Christopher Olgaiti; and “The American Experience: Surviving the Dust Bowl,” produced by Chana Gazit and David Steward.

The IDA, a nonprofit organization founded in 1982 and headquartered in Los Angeles, has some 2,000 members in 25 countries. The IDA awards were established in 1984.

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