Andrew Jarecki's child abuse expose Capturing The Friedmans, Lauren Lazin's rap icon profile Tupac: Resurrection and Sam Green and Bill Siegel's account of 1960s radicals in The Weather Underground are among 13 feature nominees for the International Documentary Association's (IDA) 19th Annual Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards.
Overall 28 titles will contest for honours in the four categories of feature, short, limited series and continuing series at the IDA Awards Benefit Gala in Los Angeles on Dec 12.
Two films will be chosen as winners in the feature programme, where other nominees include: Carles Bosch and Jose Maria Domenech's Balseros; Charles Guggenheim's BERGA: Soldiers Of Another War; Mark Cairns' Das Leben Geht Weiter (Life Goes On); and Kim Longinotto's The Day I Will Never Forget.
The list continues with Jonathan Meyer Robinson's Every Child Is Born A Poet: The Life & Work Of Piri Thomas; Vikram Jayanti's Game Over: Kasparov And The Machine; Christopher Dillon Quinn and Tom Walker's Lost Boys Of Sudan; Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's Lost In La Mancha; Jonathan Karsch's My Flesh And Blood; and Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain's The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
The five documentaries competing in the short category are: Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story; Flip Flotsam; Foo-Foo Dust; Mighty Times: The Legacy Of Rosa Parks; and Ocularist.
"Documentary film-makers are the storytellers of our times," IDA president Michael Donaldson said in a statement. "Each of them had to overcome extraordinary odds to enlighten the public about an important issue. The purpose of this celebration is to recognise their successful quests for excellence. They deserve to be in the limelight."