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Oscar®-nominated short films to screen in

Tradewinds Auditorium at the BUEI

For the first time, film lovers in Bermuda can warm up for the Academy Awards by watching the Oscar-nominated short films.

The Bermuda Documentary Film Festival (Bermuda Docs) and the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute have teamed up to present the nominated short films in three series, sponsored by Gosling’s.

The Oscar-nominated Documentary shorts will screen on Thursday, February 23 at 6.30pm, the Live Action shorts will screen on Friday, February 24 at 6.30pm, and the Animation shorts will screen on Sunday, February 26 at 3pm.

“Together, the films have won more than 70 awards,” says Bermuda Docs founder and director, Duncan Hall. “Watching the Academy-Award nominated shorts is the perfect way to get into the mood to watch the Oscars that Sunday evening.

“Filmgoers in Bermuda will be familiar with some of the filmmakers already. Lucy Walker, who has directed ‘The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom’, also directed the feature length documentary, ‘Waste Land’, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2011 and was a sellout at Bermuda Docs, while the late Gail Dolgin who has co-directed ‘The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement’, also directed the feature-length film, ‘Daughter from Danang’, which won a special jury prize at BIFF in 2002 as well as winning the top prize at Sundance and being nominated for an Academy Award.”

Tickets for the three series are on sale now in the Oceans Gift Shop at the BUEI, or by calling 297-7314.

The documentary short series, which is 130 minutes long and rated R, includes:

‘The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement’ James Armstrong’s barber shop has been on the front line of the civil rights battle for more than 60 years. A hub for haircuts on three occasions, he cut Martin Luther King, J.’s hair and civil rights, the shop serves as a virtual press museum of the civil rights movement. On the eve of the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, this charming and charismatic foot soldier of the civil rights movement prepares to see his dream come true. Winner, Audience Award, HollyShorts Film Festival.

‘The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom’ The iconic cherry blossom serves as inspiration for the survivors of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami as they find the courage to revive and rebuild their communities. Winner of the jury prize for best documentary short at January’s Sundance Film Festival, this beautiful and poignant film is directed by Lucy Walker (‘Waste Land’, Bermuda Docs, 2010). Music by Moby.

‘Incident in New Baghdad’ One of the most notorious incidents of the Iraq War the July 2007 slayings of two Reuters journalists and unarmed civilians by a US attack helicopter, as revealed by Wikileaks is recounted by an American infantryman whose life was transformed by his experiences on the scene.

‘Saving Face’ Every year hundreds of people mostly women are attacked with acid in Pakistan. The film follows several survivors, their fight for justice, and a Pakistani plastic surgeon who has returned to his homeland to help them restore their faces and their lives.

The live action series, which is 110 minutes long and rated R, includes:

‘Pentecost’ When football-loving Damian is forced to serve as an altar boy at an important mass in his local parish in Ireland, he faces a difficult choice: conform to the status quo, or serve an extended ban from his life’s passion football. Winner, Best Irish Short Film, Cork Film Festival.

‘Raju’ The moral dilemma faced by couples wishing to adopt is emotionally palpable in this drama set in Calcutta. Winner of 12 international awards.

‘The Shore’ After 25 years in exile, Jim Mahon (Ciaran Hinds) returns to Ireland to show his American daughter Patty (Kerry Condon) his Belfast roots. But things don’t go as planned when she learns of a secret love triangle and a long lost best friend, Paddy (Conleth Hill). Their reconciliation leads to hilarious confusion.

‘Time Freak’ A neurotic inventor creates a time machine, only to get caught up travelling around yesterday. Winner of six awards.

‘Tuba Atlantic’ Everybody is going to die one day. Oskar, 70, is going to die in six days. He is now ready to forgive his brother for a disagreement years ago. Will he reach his brother, who he believes lives on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, before it’s too late? Winner, Student Academy Award, 2011.

The animation series, which is 80 minutes long, has a family-friendly PG rating, and includes five Oscar® nominees plus four additional “highly commended” short films, including:

‘La Luna’ From the famed Pixar studios comes this fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances.

‘A Morning Stroll’ When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we're left to wonder which one is the real city slicker. Winner, Best Animated Short Film, 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and 12 other awards.

‘Wild Life’ Calgary, 1909: an Englishman moves to the Canadian frontier, but is singularly unsuited to it. His letters home are sunnier than the reality.

‘Sunday/Dimanche’ Every Sunday, it's the same old routine! The train clatters through the village and almost shakes the pictures off the wall. In the church, Dad dreams about his toolbox. And of course later Grandma will get a visit.

‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore’ A poignant, humourous allegory about the curative powers of story. Winner of 12 awards.

‘Nullarbor’ An animated road movie set across the vast and barren landscape of Australia's Nullarbor Plain.

‘Amazonia’ In the dangerous world of the Amazon Rainforest, finding a meal proves to be an impossible task for a little tree-frog named Bounce … until he meets a pal.

‘Skylight’ A mock animated documentary about the ecological plight of penguins in the Antarctic.

‘Hybrid Union’ In the imaginary land of Cyberdesert, Plus and Minus struggle with a dependency on an outdated source of energy. The mysterious self-sufficient Smart presents a new challenge for Plus and Minus and forces them to form an alliance The Hybrid Union!

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Published February 20, 2012 at 7:00 am (Updated February 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm)

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