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Documentarian Gail Dolgin dies

She was Oscar-nommed for 'Daughter From Danang'

Documaker Gail Dolgin died Oct. 7 in Berkeley, Calif., of cancer. She was 65.

Dolgin, along with Vicente Franco, produced and directed “Daughter From Danang,” which earned an Oscar nomination in 2002. The duo reunited in 2007 for “Summer of Love.” Both aired on PBS’ “American Experience” program.

The New York native studied photography before joining film collective Newsreel, which sparked her interest in documentaries. Her first doc credit was for 1993’s “Cuba Va: The Challenge of the Next Generation.”

Independent TV Service, which funded “Daughter From Danang,” called her “a complete professional who not only created powerful documentaries, but also contributed to ITVS as a skillful and insightful panelist and reader for Open Call,” on its website.

She worked at the Saul Zaentz Media Center in Berkeley and was busy with a docu about the foot soldiers of the civil rights movement when she died.

Survivors include a daughter, her mother, and two brothers.

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