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This year’s short documentary films nominated for the Oscars are overflowing
with compelling stories of loss, isolation, struggle and hope in the 2013 Oscar Shorts: Documentary.
As a tribute to women undergoing chemotherapy,
sisters Cynthia and Rachel open their beauty salon free of charge once a month
in “Mondays at Racine.” The film portrays the painful toll
of cancer and captures the invaluable emotional support the women receive as
they rediscover their beauty at the salon, asking the question, “When your life is at stake, why is losing
your hair so hard?”
“Inocente” is the inspirational story of a
charismatic homeless 15-year immigrant who is an aspiring artist. With maturity that belies her age and
circumstances, she tells her story directly into the camera determined to prove
herself and succeed despite her bleak situation.
Watch over the course of a decade, as
five senior citizens in a Florida retirement community find themselves struggling
with isolation, illness and loss in “King’s
Point.” “Gertie, could you
fall in love again?...” asks one of the seniors as another laments, “its no
good to be alone.”
“Redemption” looks into the hidden lives behind the
streets of New York City ‘canners' who survive collecting cans and bottles from
recycling bins and trash and redeem them for money.
Heart” is a
somber look into the journey of Rwandan children with serious heart disease who
travel to Sudan for treatment. An important human rights documentary, the film portrays the dire circumstances these children face against all odds.