‘The Look of Silence,’ ‘The Jinx’ among IDA Documentary Awards winners


“The Look of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer’s second film about Indonesia’s bloody history, won the International Documentary Assn.’s prize for best feature at the 2015 IDA Documentary Awards on Saturday night.

A companion piece to Oppenheimer’s Oscar-nominated, 2012 documentary “The Act of Killing,” “The Look of Silence” follows an optician as he confronts the men who killed his brother during the 1960s Indonesian genocide. The film, which also won best documentary at the Gotham Awards and made the Oscar shortlist for documentaries earlier this week, has earned near universal praise from critics for its unflinching portrait of violence after a military coup.

The IDA’s award for best short went to “Last Day of Freedom,” Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman’s animated story about Bill Babbitt and his younger brother, Manny, who was executed by the state of California after Bill made the heartbreaking decision to turn him in for a crime.


Gordon Quinn, founder and artistic director of the nonprofit production company Kartemquin Films, won the Career Achievement Award; Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos won the organization’s Pioneer Award; and “Cartel Land” director Matthew Heineman won the Courage Under Fire Award.

Hosted by comedian Tig Notaro at L.A.’s Paramount Theater, the 31st Annual IDA Documentary Awards also recognized dcoumentary series, with HBO’s “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” receiving the best limited series award and Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” taking home the best episodic series award.