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QUICK TAKES : Documentary film nominees

November 13, 2009|Susan King

"Afghan Star," "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," "Diary of a Times Square Thief," "Food, Inc." and "Mugabe and the White African" are the nominees for the International Documentary Assn.'s 2009 IDA Awards.

The award will be handed out at a ceremony at the Directors Guild of America on Dec. 4 hosted by Ira Glass of "This American Life."

Nominations also were announced Thursday in short film and limited series categories.

The documentary awards honor filmmakers and film journalists who "displayed conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth."

A special "Courage Under Fire" tribute will be presented to Current Media journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were arrested by North Korean soldiers while filming a story about the trafficking of North Korean women along the Tumen River. Sentenced to 12 years of hard labor, they were eventually pardoned after 140 days in captivity after a visit to the country by former president Bill Clinton.

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Susan King

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