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And The Nominees For Best Documentary Short Oscar Are...

posted 26 Feb 2014, 08:27 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 26 Feb 2014, 08:27 ]

A look at scenes from the five films nominated in the best documentary short category at the 86th Annual Academy Awards.

(KAROFFILMS) -  The nominees for the best documentary short category at the 86th Annual Academy Awards are "Cavedigger," "Facing Fear," "Karama Has No Walls," "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," and "Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall."

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"Cavedigger," directed by Jeffrey Karoff, follows an artist as he digs cathedral-like, 'eight wonder of the world' caves into the sandstone cliffs of Northern New Mexico. The short follows Ra Paulette as he digs his creations, each of which takes him years to complete, and each a masterwork. But patrons who have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic differences. The documentary finds Paulette - fed up with working for others - foregoing commissions altogether and creating a massive, 10-year project.

"Facing Fear," directed by Jason Cohen, centers on a former neo-Nazi and the gay victim he attacked 25 years prior. More than two decades after Tim Zaal and his gang savagely beat and nearly killed Matthew Boger, the two men meet by chance. The film is structured largely around the two telling their stories; it details an unlikely reconciliation and even friendship.

"Karama Has No Walls," directed by Yemeni filmmaker Sara Ishaq and shot in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, was filmed during the country's revolution that ended Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year rule. The short focuses on the day of Friday the 18th March, known as the Friday of Karama (Dignity). It is the story of two fathers and an eye-witness account of the day through the lenses of two cameramen. On that day gunmen opened fire on protesters, killing dozens and injuring hundreds. Ishaq who has a Yemeni father and a Scottish mother, was initially in Yemen making a documentary on the social lives of Yemeni families. But when the uprising intensified resulting in protester killings, she decided to change her focus.

"The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life," directed by Malcolm Clarke, documents Alice Herz-Sommer's life, a 110-year-old woman believed to be the oldest survivor of the Holocaust and who endured the ordeal partly through her passion for music. She died on Feb. 23. Herz-Sommer was a Jewish pianist and musician from Prague in what is today the Czech Republic. In 1943, the Nazis sent her and her young son to Theresienstadt concentration camp, where tens of thousands of people lost their lives. Herz-Sommer, who along with other musicians gave concerts in the concentration camp to keep up her spirits and those of people around her, said before she died that Beethoven was her religion and that music had saved her life and still saved her.

And rounding out the category, "Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall," directed by Edgar Barens, is a chronicle of a hospice-care unit set up in anIowa penitentiary to help terminally ill prisoners in their final days. The central figure is Jack Hall, who is serving a life sentence for murdering the drug dealer he blames for introducing his son to drugs and leading to the teen's suicide.

The 86th Annual Academy Awards will be handed out in a live telecast ceremony from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, March 2nd.