Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts (2013)
Inocente - (directors: Sean Fine and Andrea Nix, USA) An intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist's fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Inocente is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America -- children. King's Point - (director: Sari Gilman, USA) Kings Point tells the stories of five seniors living in a typical American retirement resort-men and women who came to Florida decades ago with their spouses by their sides and their health intact, and now find themselves grappling with love, loss and the universal desire for human connection. Mondays at Racine - (director: Cynthia Wade, USA) Every third Monday of the month, in brassy Long Island, sisters Cynthia and Rachel open up their hair salon, called Racine, and offer free beauty services for women undergoing chemotherapy. The sisters are determined to give women who are losing their hair, eyebrows and eyelashes a sense of normalcy and dignity in a traumatic and uncertain time. The story of what hair means in our culture quickly unfolds into an unexpected look at womanhood, marriage and survival. Open Heart - (director: Keif Davidson, USA) Eight Rwandan children leave their families behind to embark on a life-or-death journey seeking high-risk heart surgery in Sudan. Their hearts ravaged by a treatable disease from childhood strep throat, the kids have only months to live. Open Heart reveals the intertwined endeavors of Dr. Emmanuel Rusingiza, Rwanda's lone government cardiologist, as he fights to save the lives of his young patients, and Dr. Gino Strada, the Salam Center's head surgeon who must convince Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir's government to keep Africa's only link to life-saving cardiac surgery free of charge for the millions who need it. Redemption - (directors: Jon Alpert & Matthew O'Neill, USA) In the documentary Redemption, filmmakers Jon Alpert & Matthew O'Neill closely follow this growing army of New Yorkers whose treasures are in the trash. The film is a chance to meet the marginalized masses we often rush past on our way to catch a bus or make a meeting. They are poor but proud New Yorkers - people who don't ask for a handout - people whose hands rake through the discards of our lives - building their lives one nickel at a time. -- (C) Shorts International … More
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Critic Reviews for Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts
Trials and tribulations in myriad forms are at the center of all five Oscar-nominated documentary short films this year.
As unreliable as the Academy Awards may be at every possible level, it's a relief to encounter the 2013 Oscar-nominated shorts ...
If you come to have your eyes opened to tales of human suffering and resilience, you stand to get more than your money's worth.
The documentary program is almost entirely devoted to well-intentioned presentations of bad news about the world.
Unfortunately, this year's nonfiction crop largely underlines the limitations of movies with big subjects but compact running times.
My personal pick of the five goes to the 10-years-in-the-making "King's Point" about a retirement village where one of filmmaker Sari Gilman's grandparents resided.
These are certainly important topics worthy of our attention. Keeping that attention, however, is another matter with uneven results.
The films in this program contain some of the most powerful images to be seen on the screen this year.
The five nominees for an Oscar this year for Best Documentary Short all deal with weighty issues - homelessness, illness, old age. But they all do so on a very human level, eye to eye with the viewer.
This year's Oscar-nominated documentary short films (shown theatrically in two separate programs) lack the journalistic integrity one would expect in this category.
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