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Documentary shorts celebrate individuality

The Oscar-nominated documentary shorts screened at the Coolidge Corner include (clockwise from top left) “Facing Fear,” “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” “Karama Has No Walls,” “CaveDigger,” and “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.”
The Oscar-nominated documentary shorts screened at the Coolidge Corner include (clockwise from top left) “Facing Fear,” “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” “Karama Has No Walls,” “CaveDigger,” and “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.”photos by shortshd

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The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Documentaries

This year’s five Oscar nominees for documentary short, presented in two programs at the Coolidge Corner, aren’t as strong a group as last year’s contenders, but they showcase bravery and spiky individualism in refreshing ways.

The shorts feature dying murderers, obsessive cave-diggers, the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor, young protesters in Yemen wielding video cameras under government sniper fire, and a gay man whose best friend is the ex-skinhead who once tried to kill him. One way or another, these films are about the heroism of stubbornness—the urge to keep living, no matter what, recorded on film.

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