‘Apolonia, Apolonia,’ ‘The Mother Of All Lies,’ ‘Milisuthando’ Lead Way As IDA Documentary Awards Announces Nominees [Full List]
21.11.2023 - 18:33
Lea Glob’s documentary Apolonia, Apolonia earned a leading four nominations today as the IDA Documentary Awards revealed its nominees for the 39th edition of the prestigious event.
Following closely with three nominations apiece were The Mother of All Lies, directed by Asmae El Moudir, and Milisuthando, directed by Milisuthando Bongela.
Apolonia, Apolonia, a personal exploration into the life and work of French artist Apolonia Sokol filmed over the course of 13 years, will compete for Best Documentary Feature, Best Director, Best Writing, and Best Editing. Glob’s film won the top prize at IDFA, where it debuted last November, going on to win awards at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, and the Sofia International Film Festival, among others. Despite its many laurels, the film has yet to land a U.S. distributor.
The Mother of All Lies earned nominations as Best Documentary Feature, Best Director, and Best Writing. In the film, El Moudir and her father construct a model of their old neighborhood in Casablanca, Morocco, allowing the family to process trauma long kept buried by formidable matriarch Zahra, who dominates the household.
Milisuthando is a similarly personal story, the South African director’s exploration of growing up under apartheid, offering “a meditation on difficult questions about power, fear, intimacy and love as it relates to race,” as Bongela has written. It earned IDA nominations for Best Documentary Feature, Best Diretor, and Best Writing. [Scroll for full list of nominees in 18 categories].
Ten films compete for the marquee category of Best Documentary Feature. In addition to Apolonia, Apolonia, The Mother of All Lies, and Milisuthando, the contenders are: