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Oscars 2013: Seven on Seven

With the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences having unveiled the Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary Feature earlier this week, realscreen presents interviews with seven of this year's shortlisted directors.
December 5, 2012

Throughout the year, at festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, TIFF and IDFA, realscreen has had opportunities to speak with the directors of some of the year’s most acclaimed documentaries.

And with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) having unveiled the 15-strong shortlist for the 2013 Best Documentary Feature Academy Award on Monday (November 3), we present interviews with seven of the shortlisted directors, conducted over the past 12 months, for your consideration.

 

The Gatekeepers

Dror Moreh on The Gatekeepers

“I left my kidney, my heart, my hands and a lot of my organs on the editing room floor.”

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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Alex Gibney on Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

“It was also very public and very personal to me, since I’d been raised Catholic. It seemed like an opportunity to take a story that would be a mystery tale.”

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The House I Live In

Eugene Jarecki on The House I Live In

“What I was really doing – in the spirit of Studs Terkel or Alexis de Tocqueville, or other people that I deeply admire – was trying to get out on the road and capture perspectives on an enormous and yet barely recognized human phenomenon going on around me.”

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Searching For Sugar Man

Malik Bendjelloul on Searching for Sugar Man

“It started out as one good story, but you need 40 little small stories because every minute you need something that gets you going, ‘What’s going to happen next?’”

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Ethel

Rory Kennedy on Ethel

“There’s a lot that’s happened that’s deeply and profoundly sad, so it was hard to ask family members to revisit those things.”

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How to Survive a Plague

David France on How to Survive a Plague

“I was asking a lot. I was asking people to really trust me with the legacy of their own work and the work of their loved ones.”

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5 Broken Cameras

Guy Davidi on 5 Broken Cameras

“He’s the face of the film, he’s telling his story, and it’s his footage. It wasn’t easy for me to accept, but I was there to empower his voice.”

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About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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