Kudos fete documentaries

'Ropes,' 'Chiapas' take top honors

Tales of wildlife movement from the islands of the Galapagos, child abduction and a revisionist take on the murder of JFK took center stage Friday at the 15th annual Intl. Documentary Awards, held at Center Studios in Los Angeles.

“Saturday Night Live” vet Laraine Newman, “Shine” helmer Scott Hicks and thesp Trudie Styler presented.

For the second consecutive year, two films — “On the Ropes” and “A Place Called Chiapas” — shared top honors in the feature category.

The career achievement award went to Michael Apted.

The Strand Program award was captured by husband-and-wife team David Parer and Elizabeth Parer-Cook, for their National Geographic Television made-for “The Dragons of Galapagos.”The IDA/ABC News Video Source award went to brothers Waleed B. Ali and Malik B. Ali, along with producer Matthew White for “The Murder of JFK: A Revisionist History.”

The short prize was awarded to Theresa Tollini for “Still Missing.”

“A Little Bit of Freedom,” by U. of Manchester, England’s Lorna Kirk, won the David L. Wolper Student Achievement Award.The Pare Lorentz Award was given to Frank Muller for “Where the Sky Meets the Land.”

IDA’s newest kudos, for best TV magazine segment, was presented to Channel One News producer Scott Garen and writer Allison Davenport, for “Justice For All.”The IDA Awards are sponsored by Eastman Kodak.