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

Oscar-Nominated Short Documentaries

It was off to the theater for round 2 of the Oscar-nominated shorts. Here's what we saw.

"Body Team 12" - An all-too-short film about the people in Liberia who must remove the bodies of those killed by ebola. You have to salute the dedication that these people have to put themselves at risk of catching the disease to try to stem the epidemic. Probably my 3rd favorite.

"A Girl in the River" - If you ever want to see how fucked up Pakistan is, just see this movie. A girl is shot in the head by her uncle and father and left for dead just because she marries a boy who they feel is below her status. She wants them to spend the rest of their lives in jail, but is convinced to forgive them and set them free because it will be good for the community. If you have any respect for women at all, you will want to fly to that shithole country and castrate most of the men there. My 2nd favorite.

"Last Day of Freedom" - Probably my least favorite. The style was very distracting in that it was animated as opposed to a traditional film. A man tells the tale of his brother who was probably mentally ill and suffered from PTSD after serving in Vietnam, killed an innocent woman, and was eventually executed. Sorry. I don't feel bad for murderers even with mental illness. They really played down the crime itself which was an insult to the victim. It must have been pretty horrendous for him to have received the death penalty.

"Chau, Behind the Lines" - A boy in Vietnam who is disfigured from the effects of Agent Orange goes on to become an artist. It's pretty standard stuff of a person with disabilities overcoming the odds to succeed in life. We've seen similar tales over and over again.

"Claud Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah" - I joked that this movie would win because it deals with the Holocaust. ALL movies that deal with the Holocaust win. This was something a little different, however, because it was about the director of the movie "Shoah" which is considered to be the quintessential movie about the Holocaust, all 10 hours of it. I remember when this movie came out in the 80's. Siskel and Ebert were falling over themselves saying that this was the most important movie ever made. This story about the director was very compelling as he struggled to make the movie he wanted which would honor all of the Jews who lost their lives. This should be the hands down winner.
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