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Five terrific shorts to consider in what's unofficially become Oscar's charity category.
The Oscar-nominated shorts may have smaller running times, but the themes tackled are often big.
These are issues that provoke reflection and discussion, but the individuals and their stories stir up empathy and emotion.
In some years, watching the Oscar-nominated documentary shorts is the easiest way to spot the winner. This year there are plausible rationalizations for all five.
My pick: 'Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405,' a marvelous portrait of artist Mindy Alper, one that challenges us all to know ourselves as well as she seems to, even when it's incredibly painful.
The two programs for the longish (29-40 minutes each) Documentary Shorts straddle both lighter and darker fare.
"Heroin(e) humanizes the opioid epidemic with its portrait of three women working to break the cycle of drug abuse in Huntington, Virginia.
All pretty good and more importantly for the Oscars pretty important ... The best is Heroin(e), one of the most all-around successful and satisfying films of its kind."
The documentary portion of the Oscar-nominated shorts explore such topical issues as the opiate epidemic, prison reform, mental illness and police brutality.
All of the Oscar nominees in the documentary short category address pressing social issues in the United States[,] and they do so with great humanity.
...in Netflix's "Heroin(e)." Elaine McMillion Sheldon's work is the crispest, cleanest treatment of subject matter among the nominees, one that serves up despair and hope in equal measure.
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