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Fifteen Documentaries Make The Short List For Oscar Gold


Tuesday, November 20---------Fifteen documentary films have been selected for the "short list" of titles competing in the Best Documentary Feature category at the 80th Academy Awards. The Documentary Branch Screening Committee of the Academy of Television Arts And Sciences have viewed the eligible documentaries and branch members will now select the five 2007 nominees from this short list. Many of the films have been featured at leading film festivals around the world and some already have plans to open in theaters.

The list is a mix of highly political films that include critiques of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (BODY OF WAR, NO END IN SIGHT, OPERATION HOMECOMING, TAXI TO THE DARKSIDE), social issues including religious fundamentalism (FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO), abortion (LAKE OF FIRE), health care reform (SICKO, AUTISM: THE MUSICAL) and the environment (THE PRICE OF SUGAR). History reappraised, a popular topic, is represented by NANKING, A PROMISE TO THE DEAD and THE RAPE OF EUROPA.  Nominations will be announced on January 22 and the Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 24.

Documentary Features On Academy Short List

  • AUTISM: THE MUSICAL, directed by Tricia Regan
  • BODY OF WAR, directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro
  • FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO, directed by Daniel G. Karslake
  • LAKE OF FIRE, directed by Tony Kaye
  • NANKING, directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman
  • NO END IN SIGHT, directed by Charles Ferguson
  • OPERATION HOMECOMING: Writing The Wartime Experience, directed by Richard Robbins
  • PLEASE VOTE FOR ME, directed by Wejun Chen
  • THE PRICE OF SUGAR, directed by Bill Haney
  • A PROMISE TO THE DEAD: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, directed by Peter Raymont
  • THE RAPE OF EUROPA, directed by Richard Berge and Bonni Cohen
  • SICKO, directed by Michael Moore
  • TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, directed by Alex Gibney
  • WAR/DANCE, directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
  • WHITE LIGHT/BLACK RAIN, directed by Steven Okazaki

Sandy Mandelberger, Awards Watch Editor

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“Brukan” aims to take a special place in world cinema and has been created as a result of careful and long research into the migration experienced in the 1600s.

The project will not only describe the migration that changed Brukan history 400 years ago in the area of Diyarbakir; it also aims to add a new breath, movement and viewpoint to Turkish cinema, culture and art.

“Brukan” holds a mirror to a migration legend that extends from the past to now: 400 years ago, the Brukan were a peaceful nomadic people who lived in honour and had no problems with the Ottoman government. However, when one Ottoman commander abused his position, a migration was started which was to last hundreds of years and was to be full of homesickness and countless suffering.

The continuous and fast migration plot also includes a love story that matches the story of the tribe.

The migration starts in autumn and continues during the difficult conditions of winter. With the death of the tribal leader Şemdin Bey in spring, the journey of the tribe is brought to a vital turning point.


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