Oscar Nominees for Best Documentary

The Academy Awards nominations were announced this week. None of the nominees are available yet on Netflix streaming except for two of the movies nominated for Best Documentary. The other three nominated documentary  films are Undefeated, Pina and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory. I hope Netflix adds the others soon, particularly Paradise Lost 3 as it was instrumental in freeing three accused murderers. The two nominees currently available are:

Hell and Back Again (2011) – NR

“In this unvarnished documentary set on the Afghan front line, U.S. Marine Sgt. Nathan Harris is wounded by Taliban machine-gun fire, then returns to his North Carolina home to grapple with the stress of civilian life.”

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) – NR

“Filmmakers Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman examine the case of Daniel McGowan, a member of the radical environmental group Earth Liberation Front who was arrested for committing arson against two Oregon timber companies. Dissecting ELF’s self-described use of “economic sabotage” to stop deforestation and other damage to the planet, the film also explores the ramifications of the FBI’s decision to classify them as terrorists.”


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