"When it comes to inclusion in the documentary space, for a long time it's been better than the feature film world," says Thom Powers, artistic director of the DOC NYC film festival and programmer of other festivals. "By no means is it perfect and there's a lot of room for more work to be done. But I don't think it's an accident that you're seeing a lot more representation of African-American directors in the documentary nominations than you see in the feature film nominations."
Mr. Powers noted that the latter film even beat out the famed French Holocaust documentary "The Sorrow and the Pity" for the Oscar that year.