“Elmo,” “Hell and Back Again” make DocuWeeks showcase

The International Documentary Association's annual DocuWeeks showcase will give seven shorts and 17 feature docs, including Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (pictured), Hell and Back Again and Miss Representation, the opportunity to qualify for Oscar consideration.
July 7, 2011

The International Documentary Association’s annual DocuWeeks showcase will give 17 feature films and seven shorts, including Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (pictured), Hell and Back Again and Miss Representation, the opportunity to qualify for Oscar consideration.

Each film runs twice a day for a full week, in order to meet the Academy Awards’ criteria for Best Feature Documentary.

The feature films are, in alphabetical order: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey; Better This World;  A Bitter Taste of Freedom; The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan; The Carrier; Darwin; Dying To Do Letterman; Hell and Back Again; The Mexican Suitcase; Miss Representation; Phnom Penh Lullaby; The Power of Two; Semper Fi: Always Faithful; SOS – State of Security; The Tiniest Place (El Lugar Mas Pequeno); To Be Heard; and Unfinished Spaces.

The seven documentary short films screening are: The Barber of Birmingham; The Home Front; Library of Dust; Maya Deren’s Sink; Poetry of Resilience; Sand; and Sun City Picture House.

DocuWeeks begins screenings on August 12 through September 1 in New York at the IFC Center and August 19 through September 8 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles.

“After playing some of the world’s major film festivals such as Berlin, Sundance, Tribeca, Hotdocs, Sheffield and Los Angeles, some of today’s most talked about docs will now reach theatrical audiences on both coasts,” said IDA executive director Michael Lumpkin.

Since DocuWeeks began in 1997, it has qualified over 161 short and feature length films for Oscar consideration, and screened films that went on to win Oscars, including Smile Pinki and Taxi To The Dark Side, as well as Oscar nominees Wasteland, Rabbit à la Berlin and The Betrayal.

A complete schedule and more information about each film can be found at //

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