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The Year’s Most Unforgettable Documentary Subjects

Cinema Eye, the organization that recognizes outstanding accomplishments in nonfiction filmmaking, today announced their annual list of The Unforgettables, the most memorable nonfiction film subjects.

The list, which features 18 individuals from 15 films, was determined by Cinema Eye’s nominations committee, which is comprised of some of the world’s top documentary film programmers and curators, as well as the 2016 filmmakers in the running for this year’s awards.

“For the fourth year, we are proud to celebrate the collaborative process of documentary filmmaking by acknowledging the role that subjects play in creating many of the year’s best films,” said Cinema Eye Managing Director Will Lennon. “Particularly this year, we note the extraordinary access granted by the subjects and earned by the filmmakers that led to unforgettable moments in nonfiction cinema.”

The Unforgettables is one of Cinema Eye’s non-competitive Distinctive Honors. Subjects selected to this list of Unforgettables will be acknowledged at the Cinema Eye Honors Lunch, held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in Manhattan.

2016 Cinema Eye Honors Unforgettables

  • Michal Huszcza
    All These Sleepless Nights
  • Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman
    Audrie & Daisy
  • Laura Albert
    Author: The JT Leroy Story
  • Kirsten Johnson
  • Aisholpan Nurgaiv
    The Eagle Huntress
  • Samuele Pucillo
    Fire at Sea
  • Steve Gleason and Michel Varisco
  • Ye Haiyan
    Hooligan Sparrow
  • Kate Shiel
    Kate Plays Christine
  • Owen Suskind
    Life, Animated
  • Sharon Jones
    Miss Sharon Jones!
  • Peter Dunning
    Peter and the Farm
  • Princess Shaw
    Presenting Princess Shaw
  • Sonita Alidazeh
  • Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner


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