Directors Guild honors documentary filmmakers

By the Associated Press | January 14, 2013 | 3:32 PM EST

This undated publicity photo released by courtesy Sony Pictures Classics shows Rodriguez in a scene from the documentary film, "Searching for Sugar Man." The Directors Guild of America announced on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, the DGA's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries in 2012, including directors, Kirby Dick, "The Invisible War," Malik Bendjelloul, "Searching for Sugar Man," Lauren Greenfield, "The Queen of Versailles," David France, "How To Survive A Plague," and Alison Klayman, "Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry." The winners in all categories will be announced at the 65th Annual DGA Awards dinner and ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics, Hal Wilson)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The AIDS chronicle "How to Survive a Plague" and the military rape study "The Invisible War" are among nominees for the documentary prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards.

The contenders announced Monday all are first-time nominees for the guild honor, including "How to Survive a Plague" director David France and "Invisible War" filmmaker Kirby Dick.

The other nominees are Malik Bendjelloul's "Searching for Sugar Man," a portrait of 1970s singer-songwriter Rodriguez; Lauren Greenfield's "The Queen of Versailles," the story of a wealthy family's downturn amid the recession; and Alison Klayman's "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," an examination of the dissident Chinese artist.

Winners will be announced on Feb. 2 at a Directors Guild dinner.