Oscar Season: Best Documentary.

I delayed this category in order to have a bone to pick about it. Now, since I do, here we go!

The nominees in the this category are:

– The Gatekeepers

– Five Broken Cameras

– How To Survive A Plague

– The Invisible War

– Searching for Sugar Man

Once again, like the foreign film category, these are some of the best movies of the last year and are definitely worth watching. Especially since these movies are documentations of reality and we need to be more sensitized to the issues facing our world and spread the word to others as well.

The Gatekeepers and Five Broken Cameras are both Israeli entries and do not paint a pretty picture about Israel. The Gatekeepers is a look into the Shin Bet and Five Broken Cameras is a look into 4 years of non-violent protests of a Palestinian village on the West Bank whose land has been usurped for Israeli construction. Personally, I think these 2 are out of the race just because of the subject matter. Waltz with Bashir was a shoo in for Best Foreign Film a few years ago and didn’t win. If you know why Waltz with Bashir didn’t win then you know why these 2 documentaries don’t have a chance. I would honestly like to be proved wrong here.

How To Survive A Plague and The Invisible War are powerful documentaries. They deal with pressing and relevant issues, just like Inside Job did. How To Survive A Plague deals with the fight that people fight for a cure for AIDS. It’s quite inspiring and admirable! The Invisible War discusses the awful situation of rape of women/men in the military in USA. The Invisible War was gut wrenching for me. Especially since I watched it soon after the entire Delhi gang rape incident that happened here.

Finally, I come to Searching For Sugar Man. I’ve written an entire review on this documentary so I’m not discussing it here. Apparently, Searching For Sugar Man is favoured to win. That’s great because it’s a wonderful story and very well made.

My Choice: I would choose Five Broken Cameras. As the name suggests, it is footage from 5 different cameras. Amateur cameraman Emad Burnat documents the happenings of his village located on the West Bank through the course of 4 years. He later gave this footage to Israeli director Guy Davidi to edit. Just the Israeli-Palestinian collaboration warms my heart. Also, it’s the most creative in terms of technique since it’s over such a long period of time and with so many different cameras.

Grouse Point: There were a few more documentaries of 2012 that I watched and I don’t understand why The Imposter wasn’t nominated. This is the most creatively made documentary I’ve ever seen. Plus it’s absolutely gripping and narrates this real but incredulous tale. If you’re reading this and you take away only one thing from my blog, please let it be this – WATCH THE IMPOSTER. You’ll not regret it.


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