IDA Awards: Doc Makers Take Spotlight for Showing ‘Truth, Honesty and Depth’

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Jesse Grant/Getty Images for International Documentary Association; From left: Hamza al-Kateab, Waad Al-Kateab, Raney Aronson-Rath, Edward Watts and Erika Howard

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Alex Cramer on December 8, 2019.

Chelsea Handler, Moby and Leah Remini were among those who showed up at the Sherry Lansing theater on the Paramount lot in Los Angeles on a cold and blustery Saturday night to honor documentary films and filmmakers at the 35th annual Independent Documentary Association Awards.

Willie Garson has been a longtime supporter of documentary filmmaking and the IDA, and he served as the night’s MC. He spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the power and importance of documentary filmmaking. …

The importance of shedding light on the truth was a major theme for every filmmaker, and Apollo director and Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams spoke to THR about the important role that documentary filmmaking has in society: “Documentaries are one of the few places now where you get real truth and honesty and depth with what’s going on in the world.” …

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