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Ida Awards Nominate The Archipelago And Claude Lanzmann: Spectres Of The Shoah

The International Documentary Association (IDA) is dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture. In its' 31st annual documentary awards, they have nominated THE ARCHIPELAGO for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award, which recognizes exceptional achievement in non-fiction film and video production at the university level. CLAUDE LANZMANN: SPECTRES OF THE SHOAH has also been nominated for The Best Short Award.  



Directed by Benjamin Huguet of the THE NATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL The Faroe Islands: A modern community on the cusp of change, intrinsically linked with nature and tradition, their whale hunting practice is about to be confronted by international society. “Beautifully shot and deceptively paced, The Archipelago depicts a rare, empathetic view of whaling focusing on self-sustainability within the Faroe Islands community. Drawing a jarring juxtaposition between the picturesque landscape and the violent and gruesome practice of whale slaughter, Benjamin Huget's film evokes a visceral response. Huguet's strength is in his storytelling - his unflinching eye doesn't moralise or sensationalise. The documentary is surprising and compelling, allowing insight into the inhabitants’ reaction to the protests of the controversial act of whale hunting - an act so embedded into the culture of the islands.”- Daisy Gili, Doc/Fest Jury Festivals/Awards​Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 - Winner, Student Doc AwardBozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary 2015 (TUR) - Winner, Student AwardBritish Documentary Awards 2015 - Shortlisted for Best Student DocumentaryDouarnenez Film Festival 2015 (FRA)DokumentART European Film Festival for Documentaries 2015 (GER)IDA Documentary Awards (USA) - Nominated for Student Documentary AwardLondon Short Film Festival 2016 



Written and Directed by Adam Benzine Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah is a 2015 documentary-short film exploring the life and work of French director Claude Lanzmann. Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 documentary Shoah is considered by many to be the most important film ever made about the Holocaust and is arguably one of the greatest documentaries of all time. Director Adam Benzine gained exclusive access to Lanzmann, who sat at length to discusses at length the making of his masterwork, including the secret filming of former Nazis,; the lengthy process of convincing traumatized survivors to open up on camera; and the exhausting challenge of chronicling one of the greatest atrocities in history. Faced with financial troubles and death threats, the project almost drove him to suicide. In addition to Lanzmann’s testimony, the film features never-before-seen material shot by the director and his team. Marking the 30th anniversary of Shoah’s release, as well as the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War II, Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah is a fascinating portrait of this French master. More on IDA here