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iW NEWS | “A Walk to Beautiful” Wins Top IDA Doc Prize

iW NEWS | "A Walk to Beautiful" Wins Top IDA Doc Prize

Mary Olive Smith‘s “A Walk to Beautiful” won the top prize at the International Documentary Association (IDA) Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards on Friday night in Los Angeles. It is described as the story of “five courageous women in Ethiopia who have suffered from devastating childbirth injuries and have been shunned by their family and villages.” Yoni Brook‘s “A Son’s Sacrifice” won the short documentary award, Paul Taylor‘s “We Are Together” won the inaugural Alan Ett Music Documentary Award, and Ken Burns’ longtime collaborator Buddy Squires received the IDA Outstanding Documentary Cinematography Award. Producer/Director Spike Lee and producer Sam Pollard won the Pare Lorentz Award for “When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts” and Showtime‘s “This American Life” from Ira Glass and Chris Wilcha won the IDA Award for a Continuing Series. The David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award went to Erin Hudson for “Long Haul,” her thesis film at Stanford. [Eugene Hernandez]

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