Countdown to the 2013 Academy Awards: Film Can Make a Difference

Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 by coffeecritic

According to an article in Moviefone, the five Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature this year show that film can make a difference. 

The Invisible WarThe Invisible War

 This film exposes the horrible and widespread problem of rape and sexual assault within the United States Armed Forces. It has already changed policy at the Pentagon.


Searching for Sugar ManSearching for Sugar Man This film is about the 1970s singer-songwriter Rodriguez, who was never a success in the U.S., but became an enormous hit in South Africa. Director Malik Bendjelloul follows the story of the artist while also telling the tale of one Cape Town journalist's own investigation to find out what happened to the subject. The movie has blown up the career of a musician nearly 40 years after his last album was released to little notice.

Five broken cameras 

Five broken cameras

Co-director Emad Burnat bought his first home movie camera in 2005 to document the birth of his fourth son. He wound up also recording his Palestinian village’s non-violent resistance to an encroaching Israeli settlement, which began construction about the same time. Over the next four years he went through four more cameras, as each was shot or smashed by soldiers during the continuing protests. The movie could change policy for Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

How to Survive A Plague

How to Survive A Plague

 This film is about AIDS activism that led to effective drugs and treatment in the mid-1990s. Like the previous documentary, it is a chronicle of activism that could inspire other acts of protest which could lead to change.

The gatekeepers

The gatekeepers

features interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose membership and activities are closely held state secrets.

More great documentaries of 2012 available from the Santa Clara County Library:

 ~~ Debra

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