IDA Documentary Awards 2022: ‘Summer of Soul’ Top Winner

IDA Documentary Awards: ‘Summer of Soul’

The ceremony, which was delayed by a month and switched to a virtual event during the omicron surge in January, also honored Roger Ross Williams with the career achievement award.

Flee and Summer of Soul topped the 2022 IDA Documentary Awards on Friday night.

Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee, which is also nominated for the best documentary Oscar, won the top prize of best feature. Meanwhile, fellow Oscar nominated documentary Summer of Soul won three awards: best director for Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, best music documentary and best editing.

Those awards made Summer of Soul distributors Hulu and Searchlight Pictures/Onyx Collective the companies with the most wins, though POV distributed two winners with a third released by POV Shorts.

HBO Max distributed two winners, including Raoul Peck’s multi-part documentary winner Exterminate All the Brutes.

The ceremony was delayed by a month and switched to a virtual event during the surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant in January.

The groip honored Roger Ross Williams with the career achievement award, Jean Tsien with the Pioneer Award, Ronan Farrow with the Truth to Power Award, Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh with the Courage Under Fire Award and Cecilia Aldarondo with the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award.

It was previously announced that Whirlybird won the ABC News VideoSource Award and The First Wave won the Pare Lorentz Award, with Tigre Gente scoring an honorable mention.

“This year’s IDA Documentary Awards celebrate thematic depth and creativity of the best documentary storytelling of the last year,” IDA executive director Rick Perez said in a statement. “As the documentary community and the world still grapple with the effects of a global epidemic, IDA is honored to recognize the outstanding nominees in all categories, and we congratulate the winners for their incredible contributions to helping us understand the world around us.”

A complete list of the 2022 IDA Documentary Awards winners follows.

Best Feature

FLEE (Denmark, France, Norway / NEON, Participant. Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen. Producers: Monica Hellstrӧm,Signe Byrge Sørensen, Charlotte De La Gournerie) (WINNER)

Apenas el sol (Nothing but the Sun) (Switzerland, Paraguay/ Film republic. Director/Producer: Arami Ullón. Producer: Pascal Trächslin)

Faya Dayi (Ethiopia, USA, Qatar / Janus Films. Director/Producer: Jessica Beshir)

In the Same Breath (USA, China / HBO, HBO Max. Director/Producer: Nanfu Wang. Producers: Jialing Zhang, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn)

Jacinta (USA / Hulu, ABC News. Director: Jessica Earnshaw. Producers: Jessica Earnshaw, Holly Meehl, Nimisha Mukerji)

North By Current (USA / POV. Director/Producer: Angelo Madsen Minax. Producer: Felix Endara)

Not Going Quietly (USA / Greenwich Entertainment. Director: Nicholas Bruckman. Producer: Amanda Roddy)

Summer of Soul (USA / Hulu, Searchlight Pictures/Onyx Collective. Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. Producers: Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent, David Dinerstein)

Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker (USA / Kino Lorber. Director: Chris McKim. Producers: Chris McKim, Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey)

Writing With Fire (India / ITVS, Music Box. Director/Producers: Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh)

Best Director

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (Summer of Soul, USA / Hulu, Searchlight Pictures/Onyx Collective) (WINNER)

Jessica Beshir (Faya Dayi, Ethiopia, USA, Qatar / Janus Films)

Jessica Earnshaw (Jacinta, USA / Hulu, ABC News)

Jonas Poher Rasmussen (FLEE, Denmark, France, Norway / NEON, Participant)

Nicholas Bruckman (Not Going Quietly, USA / Greenwich Entertainment)

Best Short

A Broken House (USA, Lebanon / Condé Nast Entertainment, The New Yorker, POV. Director/Producer: Jimmy Goldblum. Producer: Matt Weaver, former Representative Richard Gephardt and Harrison Nalevansky) (WINNER)

Águilas (USA / The New Yorker. Director/Producer: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan. Co-Director/Producer: Maite Zubiaurre)

Ain’t No Time For Women (Canada / Travelling. Director: Sarra El Abed. Producer: Isabelle Grignon-Francke)

E14 (UK / Fifth Season LTD. Director: Peiman Zekavat. Producer: Sanam Jehanfard)

Joe Buffalo (Canada / Condé Nast Entertainment, The New Yorker. Director/Producer: Amar Chebib. Producer: Hayley Morin, Mack Stannard)

Kalsubai (India / Film and Television Institute of India. Director: Yudhajit Basu)

Open Shutters (USA, Republic of Korea / Field of Vision. Director/Producer: Youjin Do)

Red Taxi (USA, Hong Kong / Field of Vision. Director/Producer: Anonymous)

Senior Prom (USA / Independent Lens, PBS. Director/Producer: Luisa Conlon. Producer: Jessica Chermayeff)

Since you arrived, my heart stopped belonging to me (Desde que llegaste, mi corazón dejó de pertenecerme) (USA / The New Yorker. Director/Producer: Erin Semine Kökdil)

Best Curated Series

Independent Lens (USA / Independent Lens, PBS. Executive Producers: Lois Vossen, Sally Jo Fifer) (WINNER)

America ReFramed (USA / WORLD Channel. Executive Producers: Christopher Hastings, Chris White, Justine Nagan and Erika Dilday)

American Masters (USA, Canada / THIRTEEN Productions, LLC, PBS. Executive Producer: Michael Kantor)

Pacific Heartbeat (USA / American Public Television, WORLD Channel, PBS. Executive Producers: Leanne K. Ferrer)

POV (USA, Puerto Rico / PBS. Executive Producers: Erika Dilday and Chris White)

Best Episodic Series

My Love: Six Stories of True Love (USA / Netflix. Executive Producer: Mo-young Jin, Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard and Jordan Wynn) (WINNER)

Alien Worlds (USA / Netflix. Executive Producers: Tim Lambert and Jeremy Dear)

Becoming You (USA, UK / Apple TV+. Executive Producers: Hamo Forsyth, Leanne Klein, Tim Lambert and Martin Conway)

The Surgeon’s Cut (USA / Netflix. Executive Producers: Andrew Cohen and James Van Der Pool)

Untold (USA / Netflix. Executive Producers: Maclain Way, Chapman Way, Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Isabel San Vargas, Ryan Duffy, Miguel Tamayo and Jaymee Messler)

Best Multi-Part Documentary

Exterminate All the Brutes (USA, France / HBO, HBO Max. Director/Executive Producer: Raoul Peck. Producers: Daniel Delume. Executive Producers: Rémi Grellety, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Jamie Morris, Jack Oliver and Poppy Dixon) (WINNER)

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America (USA / Netflix. Director/Executive Producer: Roger Ross Williams. Producer: Jonathan Clasberry. Executive Producers: Geoff Martz, Craig Piligian, Sarba Das, Fabienne Toback and Karis Jagger)

Nuclear Family (USA / HBO, HBO Max. Director/Producer: Ry Russo-Young. Producers: Dan Cogan and Warren Fischer. Executive Producers: Liz Garbus, Julie Gaither, Jon Bardin, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Lauren Haber, Peter Saraf, Leah Holzer, Alex Turtletaub, Marc Turtletaub, Maria Zuckerman, Christine Connor, Ryan Heller, Barbara Dobkin, Eric Dobkin, Andrea van Beuren and Joe Landauer)

Philly D.A. (USA / Independent Lens, PBS. Directors/Producers: Ted Passon and Yoni Brook. Producer: Nicole Salazar. Executive Producers: Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald, Dawn Porter, Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen, Nion McEvoy, Patty Quillin, Jeff Seelbach, Ryan Chanatry and Gena Konstantinakos)

Uprising (UK / Amazon Studios. Directors/Executive Producers: Steve McQueen and James Rogan. Producers: Helen Bart, Nelson Adeosun and Joanna Boateng. Executive Producers: Nancy Bornat, Soleta Rogan, Tracey Scoffield, Clare Sillery, Carl Callam, Emma Loach, Vivienne Steele, Anna Smith-Tenser, David Tanner and Justin Thomson)

Best Short-Form Series

Viral Dreams (Germany, Israel / ZDF Arte. Producer: Georg Tschurtschenthaler. Executive Producers: Christian Beetz) (WINNER)

Earth at Night in Color (UK, USA / Apple TV+. Producers: Sam Hodgson, Simon Muriel, Tom Payne, Justin Anderson and Joe Stevens. Executive Producers: Alex Williamson)

Field of Vision (USA / Field of Vision. Producers: Do Youjin, Ruun Nuur, Chase Whiteside, Mike Plante, Arielle de Saint Phalle, Paul Dallas, Dana Brandes-Simon, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Patricia Benabe, Anonymous. Executive Producers: Charlotte Cook)

K-Pop Evolution (Canada, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea / YouTube Originals. Producers: Robert Ock, Sejin Park, and Ann Shin. Executive Producers: Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn)

POV Shorts (USA / PBS. Producers: Opal Bennet. Executive Producers: Erika Dilday and Chris White)

Witness (Italy, Pakistan, Israel / Al Jazeera English. Producers: Lisa Camillo, Saad Zuberi, Amber Fares, Emile Guertin and Reem Haddad. Executive Producer: Fiona Lawson-Baker)

Best Stand-Alone Audio Documentary

VICE News Reports: Monaea, A 2020 Diary (USA / VICE News, iHeartRadio. Reporters: Monaea Upton and Jen Kinney. Producers: Jen Kinne, Ashley Cleek, Adizah Eghan and Adreanna Rodriguez. Executive Producer: Kate Osborn) (WINNER)

La foresta dei violin (Italy, France / RSI SSR SRG. Executive Producer: Faïdos Sonore)

The Story of Two Moms (Republic of Korea / KBS. Producer: Woo-Kwang Kim. Executive Producer: Yeonhui Lee)

Best Multi-Part Audio Documentary or Series

Suave (USA / Futuro Studios, PRX. Reporters: Maggie Freleng and Julieta Martinelli. Producers: Maria Hinojosa, Maggie Freleng, Julieta Martinelli, Marlon Bishop, Audrey Quinn and Stephanie Lubow. Executive Producer: Maria Hinojosa) (WINNER)

My Fugitive (USA / Pineapple Street Studios. Reporter: Nina Gilden Seavey. Producers: Kat Aaron, Joel Lovell, Agerenesh Ashagre, Justine Daum, Maddy Sprung-Keyser, Janelle Anderson and Maria Robins-Somerville. Executive Producers: Jenna Weiss-Berman and Max Linsky)

The Vanishing of Harry Pace (USA / WNYC. Producers: Shima Oliaee, Jami Floyd and Jad Abumrad)

I’m Not A Monster (UK, USA, Syria / FRONTLINE, BBC Sounds, BBC Panorama. Reporter: Josh Baker. Producers: Josh Baker, Joe Kent and Max Green. Executive Producers: Raney Aronson-Rath and Dylan Haskins)

Through The Cracks (USA / WAMU, PRX. Producers: Ruth Tam and Patrick Fort. Executive Producer: Poncie Rutsch)

Best Music Documentary

Summer of Soul (USA / Hulu, Searchlight Pictures/Onyx Collective. Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. Producers: Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent, David Dinerstein) (WINNER)

Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over (USA / Kino Lorber. Director/Producer: Beth B. Producer: Kathleen Fox)

The Sparks Brothers (UK / Focus Features. Director/Producer: Edgar Wright. Producers: Nira Park, George Hencken, Laura Richardson)

Tina (USA / HBO, HBO Max. Directors: Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin. Producers: Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn and Diane Becker)

The Velvet Underground (USA / Apple TV+. Director/Producer: Todd Haynes. Producers: Christine Vachon, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn and David Blackman)

David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award

Seahorse (Germany / Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. Director/Producer: Nele Dehnenkamp. Producer: Christine Duttlinger) (WINNER)

Anchored Out (USA / UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Directors/Producers: Katie Bernstein and Clara Mokri)

In The Space You Left (UK / National Film and Television School. Director/Producer: Christine Saab. Producer: Ju Park)

No Soy Óscar (USA, Mexico / Stanford University. Director/Producer: Jon Ayon)

The Doll (Islamic Republic Of Iran / Tehran University of Art. Director/Producer: Elahe Esmaili)

Best Cinematography

Faya Dayi (Ethiopia, USA, Qatar / Janus Films. Cinematographer: Jessica Beshir) (WINNER)

Ascension (USA / MTV Documentary Films. Cinematographers: Jessica Kingdon and Nathan Truesdell)

Cusp (USA / SHOWTIME Documentary Films. Cinematographers: Isabel Bethencourt and Parker Hill)

The Lost Leonardo (Denmark, France / Sony Pictures Classics. Cinematographer: Adam Jandrup)

The First Wave (USA / National Geographic. Cinematographers: Ross McDonnell, Thorsten Thielow, Brian Dawson, Matthew Heineman and Alex Pritz)

Best Editing

Summer of Soul (USA / Hulu, Searchlight Pictures/Onyx Collective. Editor: Joshua L. Pearson)(WINNER)

Charm Circle (USA. Editors: Michael Levine and Nira Burstein)

Homeroom (USA / Hulu. Editors: Kristina Motwani and Rebecca Adorno)

Procession (USA / Netflix. Editor: Robert Greene)

Simple As Water (USA, Syria. Editors: Purcell Carson and Megan Mylan)

Best Music Score

Eyes on the Prize: Hallowed Ground (USA / HBO Max. Composer: Roman GianArthur) (WINNER)

Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust (USA / PBS. Composers: Lori Goldston, Steve Fisk and Alexander Miranda)

Pelé (USA, Brazil / Netflix. Composers: Antônio Pinto, Gabriel Ferreira and Felipe Kim)

Speer Goes to Hollywood (Israel, Austria, Germany. Composer: Frank Ilfman)

The Lost Leonardo (Denmark, France / Sony Pictures Classics. Composer: Sveinung Nygaard)

The Neutral Ground (USA / POV, PBS. Composer: Sultana Isham)

Best Writing Nominees

North By Current (USA / POV, PBS. Writer: Angelo Madsen Minax) (WINNER)

Duty Free (USA / Independent Lens, PBS. Writer: Sian-Pierre Regis)

Eyes On The Prize: Hallowed Ground (USA / HBO Max. Writers: Lenelle Moïse and Sophia Nahli Allison)

Not Going Quietly (USA / Greenwich Entertainment. Writers: Nicholas Bruckman and Amanda Roddy)

The One And Only Dick Gregory (USA / SHOWTIME Documentary Films, Cinemation Studios, Hartbeat Productions, Hillman Grad Productions. Writer: Andre Gaines)