Friday, February 1, 2013

Netflix Instant TV and Movie Picks Best Documentary Oscar Edition

Guys! I did it! I'm so proud of myself, and I know my cohort would be proud to. For my column this week, I am highlighting Academy Award nominees for Best Documentary films you can see on Instant. Now, two of these films are nominated this year, and the final one was nominated in 2011. I've already highlighted another documentary nominated for this year's Oscars, and you can see read about that here.

And now, onto the picks for this week!

I missed this film when it was at the Dallas International Film Festival last year, but I'm glad it has popped up on Instant. This is the first film nominated for the 2012 Oscars. It's the story of a Palestinian man who lives in a small village where Israelis are threatening to move into the territory. He follows the story of his village as they try and peacefully protest to stop them. Thanks to him, the international community was able to see first hand the growing movement. 

This other film nominated this year for an Oscar, PLAGUE documents the story of ACT UP and TAG during the rise of the AIDS epidemic. These activists, with no medical training, infiltrated the pharmaceutical company and changed people's minds about this strange disease. I get so inspired when I hear about people doing something this groundbreaking. 

This German film was actually a 3D documentary nominated for Best Documentary in 2011. A 3D documentary about dance?! I'm there. The film presents some of the most famous dance pieces of Pina Bausch. This film was also recently added to the Criterion Collection, so watch it while you can while it's still on Instant.

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