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Awards Buzz - Documentary Short Film

This year the Academy has given a preliminary nod to eight short extraordinary documentaries that illuminate the lives of not-so-ordinary people. Before Ellen reaches for the envelope, we present for your consideration:


Awards Buzz Documentary Shorts Program 1   

Awards Buzz Documentary Shorts Program 1
127 min.
Director Ruby Yang’s The Blood of Yingzhou District (39 min.) is a year in the life of AIDS orphans from China’s Anhui Province. In Lori Benson’s Dear Talula (34 min.), a mother is diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after the birth of her daughter. The Diary of Immaculée (38 m... more



Awards Buzz Documentary Shorts Program 2   

Awards Buzz Documentary Shorts Program 2
128 min.
Leslie Iwerks’ Recycled Life (38 min.) illuminates the lives of the families who inhabit the Guatemala City garbage dump. In Rehearsing a Dream (40 min.), director Karen Goodman follows a group of gifted teenage artists who spend a week with well-known mentors. A man struggles with add... more



The Blood of Yingzhou District   

The Blood of Yingzhou District
China, 2006, 39 min.
The Blood of Yingzhou District follows a year in the life of AIDS orphans from China’s Anhui Province.... more



Dear Talula   

Dear Talula
USA, 2006, 34 min.
In Lori Benson’s Dear Talula, a mother is diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after the birth of her daughter. ... more



The Diary of Immaculée   

The Diary of Immaculée
USA, 2006, 38 min.
The Diary of Immaculée chronicles the life of a young woman who survived the slaughter in Rwanda, directed by Peter LeDonne.... more



Phoenix Dance   

Phoenix Dance
USA, 2006, 16 min.
Karen Epperlein’s Phoenix Dance tells the story of a dancer who returns to the stage after losing his leg to cancer.... more



Recycled Life   

Recycled Life
USA, 2006, 38 min.
Leslie Iwerks’ Recycled Life illuminates the lives of the families who inhabit the Guatemala City garbage dump. Narrated by Edward James Olmos.... more



Rehearsing a Dream   

Rehearsing a Dream
USA, 2006, 40 min.
In Rehearsing a Dream, director Karen Goodman follows a group of gifted teenage artists who spend a week with well-known mentors.... more



A Revolving Door   

A Revolving Door
USA, 2006, 39 min.
A man struggles with addiction and mental illness in director Marilyn Braverman’s A Revolving Door.... more



Two Hands   

Two Hands
USA, 2006, 18 min.
Director Nathaniel Kahn’s short-listed documentary Two Hands features pianist Leon Fleisher, who, at the height of his career lost the ability to play with his right hand... more



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