FILM: 2012 Oscar Documentary Shortlist

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Film
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The shortlist for this year’s best documentaries have been announced. A few critically acclaimed hopefuls that did not make the list include Asif Kapadia’s Senna, Steve James’ The Interrupters, and Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life. Here are all fifteen (with a short summary and trailer to boot)

Battle for Brooklyn — A neighborhood fights for their property against the momentum of the Atlantic Yards project

Bill Cunningham New York
 — A portrait of the artist, New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham

Buck — A portrait on a real-life horse whisperer Buck Brannaman

Hell and Back Again — Embedded in Afghanistan, this documentary shows the striking difference between the intensity abroad and the normalcy at home

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front — An exploration of the movement known as eco-terrorism

Jane’s Journey — A portrait on the life of Jane Goodall

Long Way Home: The Loving Story — A story of an interracial couple that had its beginnings in the Civil Rights era (NO TRAILER AVAILABLE)

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory — A documentary on the peculiar case of three child murders

Pina — A feature length dance film in 3-D

Project Nim — A story of a chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark experiment

Semper Fi: Always Faithful — An ex-marine hopes to uncover a cover-up of a water contamination incident

Sing Your Song — Portrait of singer Harry Belafonte

Undefeated — An underdog football team that tries to reverse its fortunes (NO TRAILER AVAILABLE)

Under Fire: Journalists in Combat — Profiles the ethical and physical hardships of a war journalist

We Were Here — A film that explores the introduction of AIDS to the San Francisco community


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