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Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts Tug at Heartstrings

Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts Tug at Heartstrings
Short docs can pack an outsized emotional punch into their 40 minutes or less running time. Topics covered by this year’s Oscar short subject documentary nominees include the Mediterranean’s refugee crisis seen in close-up via student Academy Award winner Daphne Matziaraki’s “4.1 Miles,” trailing a Greek coast guard captain on patrol in unforgiving straits, and “Watani: My Homeland,” which follows a Syrian family fleeing the country’s civil war, from German photojournalist Marcel Mettelsiefen. The travails of Syria’s Nobel Peace prize-nominated citizen rescuers are exposed via Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara’s “The White Helmets.” Berkeley-based cinematographer and educator Dan Krauss imbeds in an Oakland hospital’s intensive care unit as his “Extremis” follows a doctor counseling patients and their families, who are facing profound decisions. On the domestic front, “Joe’s Violin,” from former “The Daily Show” producer, multi-Emmy and Peabody winner Kahane Cooperman, who directed and produced,
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