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The Cinema Eye Honors is a cozy event, packed with documentary filmmakers who go way back. Held at the sleek Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the group attending the sixth annual Honors ceremony is jovial, encouraging, and accepting -- exemplified by the range of attire. Co-chair Esther Robinson recounted the numerous phone calls from people asking what to wear and summarized the evening’s garb: “Well, Michael Moore wears a sweatshirt, and I wear a gown, so anything in between.” Moore took the stage twice, once to present the legacy award to D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus for “The War Room,” and once to accept the prize on behalf of Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi for the Outstanding Feature, “5 Broken Cameras.”  Moore championed this Palestinian documentary at his own film festival this past year. The evening began with toasts to two figures in the documentary world that »


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