Malik Bendjelloui‘s Searching for Sugar Man is one step closer to landing an Oscar nomination…
The documentary about singer-songwriter Rodriguez, dubbed the greatest ’70s U.S. rock icon who never was, is one of five nominees for best documentary feature by the International Documentary Association.
Searching for Sugar Man, which recently received the 60 Minutes treatment, will compete against Central Park Five, a documentary about a miscarriage of justice directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon; Kirby Dick‘s The Invisible War, a study of rape in the military; Lauren Greenfield‘s Queen of Versailles, a look inside the world of the super-rich; and Peter Gerdehag‘s Women with Cows, the account of two women bound together by their family farm.
Meanwhile, Eduardo Lopez and Peter Getzel’s Harvest of Empire has been nominated for the Humanitas Documentary Award, given to a documentarian “whose film strives to unify the human family by exploring cultural differences.
Harvest of Empire takes a look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that’s transforming the nation’s cultural and economic landscape.
The film will compete against David Belton‘s American Experience: The Amish; Micha X. Peled‘s Bitter Seeds; Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall‘s Cull Me Kuchu; and Namir Abdel Messeeh‘s The Virgin, the Copts and Me.
In addition, Harvest of Empire is nominated for the ABCNews Videosource Award. It will compete against Raymond De Felitta‘s Booker’s Place; Central Park Five; Hussein Elrazzaz‘s The Family; and Amie Williams‘ We Are Wisconsin.
The winners will be announced at IDA’s awards ceremony to be held on December 7 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.