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Docu org lauds quintet

'Rising,' 'Staircase' among winners

The Intl. Documentary Assn. has tapped “Favela Rising,” “Our Brand Is Crisis,” “The Children of Leningradsky,” “CNN Presents” and “The Staircase” winners of its Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards.

Presentations will be made at the 21st annual IDA Awards Gala Benefit Dec. 9 at the DGA Theater in Hollywood.

“Favela Rising” and “Our Brand Is Crisis” shared honors in the feature category. “Favela,” centered on a former drug trafficker turned social revolutionary in Brazil, was among the 15 docus named this week to the short list for possible Oscar nomination.

“Our Brand,” produced and directed by Rachel Boynton, examines the use of American spin doctors by Bolivia’s former president.

“The Children of Leningradsky,” a portrait of children living in Moscow train stations, won in the IDA’s shorts category for films under 40 minutes. “The Staircase,” which followed the murder trial of author Michael Peterson, topped the limited series competition for segments of a series with a specific continuing theme or subject.

“CNN Presents” won the continuing series competition for docs that are part of an ongoing series such as programs about gang violence terrorizing small communities across America, questionable standards in forensics labs and the impact on survivors and those affected by suicide bombings.

Org also said its Pare Lorentz Award will be presented to director David O’Shields and exec producer Daryl Smith for “America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie” for work that represents the “democratic sensibility, activist spirit and lyrical vision” of Lorentz.

“Rwanda: Do Scars Ever Fade?” drew top honors in the IDA/ABC News VideoSource competition for best use of historic news footage to tell a nonfiction story.

The IDA also will present Marshall Curry with the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award for “Street Fight,” which follows the 2002 mayoral campaign in Newark, N.J.

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