Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts
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Inocente - (directors: Sean Fine and Andrea Nix, USA) An intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist's fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Inocente is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America -- children. King's Point - (director: Sari Gilman, USA) Kings Point tells the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Trials and tribulations in myriad forms are at the center of all five Oscar-nominated documentary short films this year."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"The documentary program is almost entirely devoted to well-intentioned presentations of bad news about the world."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"My personal pick of the five goes to the 10-years-in-the-making "King's Point" about a retirement village where one of filmmaker Sari Gilman's grandparents resided."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The five nominees for an Oscar this year for Best Documentary Short all deal with weighty issues - homelessness, illness, old age. But they all do so on a very human level, eye to eye with the viewer."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"As unreliable as the Academy Awards may be at every possible level, it's a relief to encounter the 2013 Oscar-nominated shorts ..."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Unfortunately, this year's nonfiction crop largely underlines the limitations of movies with big subjects but compact running times."
‑ Tim Grierson, Village Voice
"These are certainly important topics worthy of our attention. Keeping that attention, however, is another matter with uneven results."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Paste Magazine
"This year's Oscar-nominated documentary short films (shown theatrically in two separate programs) lack the journalistic integrity one would expect in this category."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"If you come to have your eyes opened to tales of human suffering and resilience, you stand to get more than your money's worth."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Prepare for an emotional workout"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"The films in this program contain some of the most powerful images to be seen on the screen this year."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"This impressive showcase of cinematic treasures all have in common the amazing way that a complete story arc comes to fruition in a brief amount of time. The clear-cut favorite is "Strangers No More" in this category."
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
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