Sunday, February 28 is Oscar night. If you are boycotting the Academy Awards or just passing them up, because of the neglect of people of color in its major categories, we support you. But maybe you can skip the latter part of the show, and tune in – or even have a partial Oscar watch party — for some outstanding documentaries up for recognition. Among the excellent feature documentary nominations are The Look of Silence (see http://oscar.go.com/nominees/documentary-feature/the-look-of-silence) about the legacy of the Indonesian genocide in the 1960s and What Happened, Miss Simone? (see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4284010/ ) about the life of the great singer and activist.
As the Full Disclosure campaign, we especially point your attention to two of the Documentary short subject nominees, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman’s Last Day of Freedom http://www.lastdayoffreedom.net/) about Vietnam war veteran Manny Babbitt and Courtney Marsh’s and Jerry Franck’s, Chau, Beyond the Lines (see http://www.beyondthelinesfilm.com/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yLW5wMeyCA) about Chau, a teenager living in a Ho Chi Minh care center for children disabled by Agent Orange, who battles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional artist.