Get a jump on your Oscar pool! See the films nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category, in advance of the March 2 Academy Awards ceremony. Last year’s winner was Saving Face, Daniel Junge’s and Sharmin Obaid-Chinoy’s moving piece about Afghan women who were victims of acid attacks.
• The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Directed by Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
(Canada/USA/UK, English, 39 min.)
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
Directed by Sara Ishaq (UAE/UK/Yemen, Arabic, 26 min.)
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
Directed by Jason Cohen (USA, English, 26 min.)
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.
Directed by Jeffrey Karoff (USA, English, 39 min.)
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
Directed by Edgar Barens (USA, English, 40 min.)
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.