As part of our new NW Documentary Film Series, we are hosting a special one-night only screening of the 2012 Oscar-Nominated Short Documentaries. The lineup:
THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM: FOOT SOLDIER OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
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
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.
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
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.
(GOD IS THE BIGGER ELVIS is unavailable because of licensing issues.)
“The Oscar shorts program offers a more accurate, more complete glimpse of the state of cinema than the features … it’s also, for those whose interest in film extends beyond the red carpet, where the action is.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times