The International Documentary Association, the only documentary group last year to have the good sense to ignore overrated documentary darling The Cove, surprised again this year by picking Lucy Walker’s Oscar doc shortlistee Waste Land over higher profile films Exit Through the Gift Shop and The Oath as this year’s Distinguished Feature Documentary.
Waste Land was also chosen for the IDA Pare Lorenz award earlier this week.
As of this writing, Waste Land is still in theaters. Hit LiC’s Now Playing page to see if it’s playing near you. Here’s the LiC blurb:
Lucy Walker, Karen Harley and Joao Jardim’s IDA Award winner follows artist Vik Muniz as he travels from Brooklyn to Brazil, home of the biggest garbage dump in the world. His plan is to photograph the people who support themselves by scavenging through the heap for recyclables, but this morphs into a larger project with the garbage pickers recreating photographs of themselves on a massive scale from the garbage they collect.