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Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films 2014 (2014)

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DOCUMENTARY SHORT NOMINEES Documentary Program A Estimated Running Time- 97 minutes "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" (Directors: Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed, Canada/USA/UK - English). Synopsis: At 109, Alice Herz Sommer is the world's oldest pianist...and its oldest Holocaust survivor. At the heart of her remarkable story of courage and endurance is her passion for music. "Karama Has No Walls" (Director: Sara Ishaq, UAE/UK/Yemen - Arabic). Synopsis: When protesters in Yemen added their voices to those of other nations during the Arab Spring, the government responded with an attack that left 53 people dead and inspired widespread sympathy throughout the country. "Facing Fear" (Director: Jason Cohen, USA/English). Synopsis: As a gay 13-year-old, Matthew Boger endured a savage beating at the hands of a group of neo-Nazis. Twenty-five years later, he meets one of them again by chance. Documentary Program A Estimated Running Time- 87 minutes "Cavedigger" (Director Jeffrey Karoff, USA/English). Synopsis: New Mexico environmental sculptor Ra Paulette carves elaborately designed and painstakingly executed sandstone caves, driven by an artistic vision that often brings him into conflict with his patrons. "Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall" (Director: Edgar Barens, USA/English). Synopsis: In a maximum security prison, the terminally ill Jack Hall faces his final days with the assistance of hospice care provided by workers drawn from the prison population. (c) Magnolia/Shorts HD

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Critic Reviews for Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films 2014

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (7)

The Documentary Short Subject category usually has its share of powerful, expertly produced nonfiction fare, too. This year's crop of short docs in Academy Award competition is no exception.

February 20, 2014 | Rating: 4/4

This year's Academy Award documentary short subject nominees prove more substantial than their animation and live-action counterparts.

February 14, 2014 | Full Review…

The fact that dedicated committees of conscientious human beings who know a lot about how movies are made weeded through hundreds and hundreds of submissions and picked their favorites ... is something to be grateful for.

January 30, 2014 | Full Review…

The short-documentary category has an unusually strong number of compelling individual portraits.

January 30, 2014 | Full Review…

One way or another, these films are about the heroism of stubbornness-the urge to keep living, no matter what, recorded on film.

January 30, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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The documentary shorts are the most consistent in their excellence, and conveniently fall into a unifying theme of humanity prevailing through suffering and struggle.

January 30, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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