Detroit Film Theatre


2014 ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Saturday, February 08, 2014

1:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

Due to popular demand, we’re delighted to present again this year a program of all of this year’s Academy Award® nominated short documentary films (in addition to the short live-action and animated films, which are playing separately). Feature-length documentaries have for the past several years enjoyed a higher profile than ever among moviegoers, but just as with the live-action and animated short film categories, short documentaries – which are generally no less extraordinary than the year’s celebrated feature-length docs – have been far more difficult to find than features, especially in theaters. This is a great chance to take in all of the nominated short docs prior to the Oscars® being handed out on March 2nd. (approximately three hours.)
 

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (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 (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 (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.

CaveDigger (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 (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.