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International Documentary Association Announces Nominees

The IDA Awards will take place December 7, 2012 with Penn Jillette hosting.

Feature nominees:
The Central Park Five
The Invisible War
Queen of Versailles
Searching for Sugar Man
Women with Cows

The shorts:
God is the Bigger Elvis
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Saving Face

Descriptions after the cut.

The five films nominated in IDA’s Feature category are: THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon’s compelling recounting of the high profile trial and wrongful conviction of five young men in one of New York’s most sensational criminal cases; THE INVISIBLE WAR, Kirby Dick’s exposé of the staggering prevalence of rape in the military, and the profound consequences for those who experience it or try to report it; QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, Lauren Greenfield’s portrait of a modern day Gilded Age family and inside look at the world inhabited only by the super-rich; SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, Malik Bendjelloul’s surprising and uplifting story of the power of music and one man’s journey from obscurity; and WOMEN WITH COWS, Peter Gerdehag’s observational study of the intricate and painful relationship between two sisters bound together by the family farm.

The five nominated films in the Short category are Rebecca Cammisa’s GOD IS THE BIGGER ELVIS, the story of Dolores Hart’s transformation from 60’s starlet to Mother Prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis; KINGS POINT, Sari Gilman’s poignant portrayal of the denizens of a Florida retirement community; MONDAYS AT RACINE, Cynthia Wade’s story of a Long Island hair salon that provides compassion, inspiration and community to women diagnosed with cancer; OPEN HEART, Kief Davidson’s chronicle of young heart patients in Rwanda and the doctors fighting to save them; and SAVING FACE, Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s story of Pakistani women who have survived acid attacks, and the doctor who returns to Pakistan to help them.