Black Reel Award for Outstanding Documentary

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This page lists the winners and nominees for the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Documentary. This award is given to the directors and was first awarded during the 2010 ceremony.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.


Year Film Director Ref
Good Hair Jeff Stilson [1]
Michael Jackson's This Is It Kenny Ortega
More than a Game Kristopher Belman
Passing Strange Spike Lee
Tyson James Toback
Waiting for "Superman" Lesley Chilcott [2]
The Lottery Madeleine Sackler
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy Robert Townsend
My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop Ava DuVernay
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest Michael Rapaport [3]
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Constance Marks
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 Göran Olsson
The Interrupters Steve James
Undefeated Daniel Lindsay and T. J. Martin
The Central Park Five Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon [4]
Bad 25 Spike Lee
Brooklyn Castle Katie Dallamaggiore
Marley Kevin MacDonald
Searching for Sugar Man Malik Bendjelloul
20 Feet from Stardom Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers [5]
Free Angela and all Political Prisoners Jay Z, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
God Loves Uganda Roger Ross Williams
The Trials of Muhammad Ali Bill Siegel
Venus and Serena Maiken Baird and Michelle Major
Anita: Speaking Truth to the Power Freida Lee Mock [6]
I Am Ali Clare Lewins
Keep On Keepin' On Alan Hicks
Nas: Time Is Illmatic One9
Virunga Orlando von Einsiedel
What Happened, Miss Simone? Liz Garbus [7]
A Ballerina's Tale Nelson George
The Amazing Nina Simone Jeff L. Lieberman
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Stanley Nelson Jr.
Sweet Micky for President Ben Patterson
13th Ava DuVernay [8]
I Am Not Your Negro Raoul Peck
Life, Animated Roger Ross Williams
Miss Sharon Jones! Barbara Kopple
O.J.: Made in America Ezra Edelman


  1. ^ 2010 Black Reel Awards
  2. ^ 2011 Black Reel Awards
  3. ^ 2012 Black Reel Awards
  4. ^ "Critics Wild About Beasts". Black Reel Awards. February 8, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "2014 Black Reel Awards - Nominees". Black Reel Awards. December 11, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  6. ^ 2015 Black Reel Awards
  7. ^ 2016 Black Reel Awards
  8. ^ 2017 Black Reel Awards