Oscars – Gotta Catch ‘Em All! – Documentary edition

Jenny and I are making a concentrated effort this year to catch as many of the Academy Award nominated films as possible. Netflix is being very helpful as they have three of the five documentaries on streaming. I will warn you that none of the three are likely to be easy viewing. The two not on streaming are Searching for Sugar Man and The Gatekeepers.

The Invisible War (2012) – Not Rated

“This documentary calls attention to little-known facts about the high prevalence of rape within the ranks of America’s armed forces. Interviews with military personnel, elected officials and rape victims provide alarming evidence.”

Warning: this documentary is extremely hard to watch and is definitely not a date movie. This movie has a near perfect balance between depth and breadth. We get to hear enough different stories to understand how widespread the issue is but they focus enough on just a few stories so that they achieve intimacy.

How to Survive a Plague (2012) – Not rated

“This passionate documentary focuses on the grass-roots crusade in the 1980s and ’90s to speed up efforts at developing treatments for the HIV virus. The film follows AIDS activists to Washington, where they challenge the government to act.”

5 Broken Cameras (2012) – Not rated

“In this moving documentary, a Palestinian farmer chronicles his village’s nonviolent resistance to the presence of encroaching Israeli settlers and military. As camera after camera gets shot or otherwise destroyed, the farmer continues filming.”