Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

2012 Academy Award Best Documentary Short Nominations

For the past few years I have always missed out on seeing the nominated documentary shorts. It seems I always found out about them a few days after they had been shown. Not this year! Only 4 out of the 5 nominees were shown due to licensing problems with the 5th. For that reason I hope it loses. I doubt it could possibly be better than one that WAS shown.

"Incident in New Baghdad" - The story of the now-(in)famous shooting of a reporter and several others, including 2 children, which was captured on film and leaked to the media. It covers both the shooting itself and the impact on one of the soldiers who arrived just afterward who now suffers PTSD. It was pretty gripping stuff, but the other nominees were much better. It also got a little too political at the end.

"Saving Face" - Holy shit. If this one doesn't win the award, I will be amazed. It's the story about women in Pakistan who have been disfigured by men throwing acid in their faces. It follows a couple of women as they try to regain their lives after their horrific ordeals. You can bet that the filmmakers will have at least one of the women in the audience.

"The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" - It's hard to believe that it's been less than a year since the earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan. There are many analogies between the short beautiful life of the cherry blossom and life itself. Probably my 2nd favorite film.

"The Barber of Birmingham" - The story of one of the people at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement and how his struggle seemed all worth the while now that a black man was elected president. It was a very good film, but, to me, it got a little bit too political. It was interesting to get the black perspective on the election of Obama as well as hearing the stories of Jim Crow laws that pretty much kept black people from voting until the late 60's.

Not shown: "God is Bigger Than Elvis." Hopefully you snooze you lose.
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