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The 2013 Oscar nominees for best documentaries

The 85th Oscars

The 85th Academy Awards nominations were announced today. As before there are two documentary categories; Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short. Only five films are nominated in each category and these are the nominated films;

Best Documentary Feature (please note that the film synopsis and info on director´s previous nominations is from the Oscars Website):

5 Broken Cameras (dir. Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi)

As Israeli settlers begin building homes and erecting a barrier wall in the West Bank village of Bil’in, a Palestinian farm worker documents the town’s resistance to the new settlement.  Over the course of several years, the townspeople clash with the Israeli Defense Force, and tensions mount as the wall remains and the building continues. These are the first Academy Award nominations for Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi.

The Gatekeepers Nominees to be determined

Six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s counterterrorism agency, speak candidly about their participation in the policies that have shaped the long history of violence between Israelis and Palestinians.  Starting with the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War, the men discuss with remarkable openness the successes and mistakes of their individual tenures.

How To Survive a Plague Nominees to be determined

By the mid-1980s, as the official response to the growing AIDS epidemic remained dispiritingly low-key and at times hostile, the activist group ACT UP began focusing media attention on the disease and demanding action from the government and the medical community.  While some members of the group staged protests, others immersed themselves in the research being done on the virus and helped achieve a dramatic transformation in its treatment.

The Invisible War Nominees to be determined

According to Department of Defense estimates, over 19,300 members of the U.S. military were sexually assaulted in 2010 alone.  Yet, although the rate of sexual assaults against women in the service is twice that of the civilian population, only ten percent of assault cases end in prosecution, with female soldiers often finding themselves ostracized or pressured into remaining silent.

Searching for Sugar Man Nominees to be determined 

Unbelievable story about musician Sixto Rodriguez, a musician in 1970s Detroit. He never ‘made it’ in America, but his records sold very well in South-Africa, without him knowing. He stopped making records and a lot of mysteries rose about his fate and some thought he had committed suicide. Two decades later, two South-Africans started researching to find out what really happened to Rodriguez.

Nominees for Best Documentary Short (please note that the film synopsis and film info is from the Oscars Website):

Inocente, dir. Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Fifteen-year-old Inocente, a homeless, undocumented immigrant, clings to her determination to become an artist in the face of a bleak future. This is the second Academy Award nomination for Sean Fine.  He was previously nominated for WAR/DANCE (2007), a feature documentary.

Open Heart, dir. Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern

Eight Rwandan children with serious heart disease travel to the Salam Centre in Sudan for treatment. These are the first Academy Award nominations for Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern.

Mondays at Racine, dir. Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan

On the third Monday of every month, sisters Cynthia and Rachel open their Long Island beauty salon to women undergoing chemotherapy. This is the second Academy Award nomination for Cynthia Wade.  She was previously winner of best documentary short for Freeheld  (2007). This is the first Academy Award nomination for Robin Honan.

King´s Point, dir. Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider

Over the course of a decade, five senior citizens living in the Kings Point retirement community face loss, illness and an increasing sense of isolation in their lives. These are the first Academy Award nominations for Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider.

Redemption, dir. Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

In New York City, individuals known as canners survive by collecting cans and bottles from trash and recycling bins and redeeming them for money. This is the second Academy Award nomination for the directors.  They were previously nominated for ‘China´s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province (2009) as best documentary short.

The 85th Academy Awards will be held the 24th of February at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Seth MacFarlane will host the Oscars and as always, this night will surely be memorable for winners, nominees,  the +1s and the viewers of course.  The whole thing will be televised live on the ABC Television Network, and on various other networks around the world.

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