Get a jump on your Oscar pool! Attend this screening for an opportunity to see some of the 2011 nominees for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in advance of the February 26 Academy Awards ceremony.
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
Directed by Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
(USA, 2011, 25 min.)
In the days leading up to Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 election, a former civil rights activist looks back on the early days of the movement.
Incident in New Baghdad
Directed by James Spione
(USA, 2011, 22 min.)
U.S. Army Specialist Ethan McCord recalls the tragic incident in Iraq that triggered his debilitating post-traumatic stress disorder and altered his view of the war.
Directed by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
(USA/Pakistan, 2011, 40 min., in Urdu with English subtitles)
A British-Pakistani plastic surgeon works to help women who have been injured in acid attacks, while his patients struggle to come to terms with the aftermath of their disfigurement.
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
Directed by Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen
(Japan, 2011, 39 min., in Japanese with English subtitles)
In the wake of the devastating tsunami in Japan, the people of the region hardest hit by the disaster draw a measure of hope from the annual cherry blossom season as they fight to rebuild their lives. Co director Lucy Walker made the critically-acclaimed feature documentary on artist Vic Muniz, Waste Land, and won an award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for this short film.