Thursday, April 2, 2009


Wednesday evenings, through June 3, at 7 p.m.
at the Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 N. Vine St., Hollywood


Part Two: March 25 to June 3, 2009

A survey of outstanding recent work in the documentary field

The 27th annual Contemporary Documentaries series is a showcase for feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2007 Academy Award® nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.

All films in the series screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible. Admission for all screenings is free.

Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m.
Directed and produced by James Longley
Filmed in Iraq over a period of one year, “Sari’s Mother” follows an Iraqi woman’s struggle to help her 10-year-old son, Sari, who is dying of AIDS.
35mm. 21 mins.
Academy Award nominee: Documentary Short Subject

Directed by Michael Moore
Produced by Moore, Meghan O’Hara
In this portrait of the U.S. health care system, ordinary people face extraordinary and bizarre challenges in their quest for basic health coverage.
35mm. 123 mins.
Academy Award nominee: Documentary Feature

Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m.
Directed by Jon Blair
Produced by Blair, Paul Goldin, Georgina Townsley
By 1921, after six years of war, famine and disease, 300,000 Russian Jewish children who were orphaned in murderous anti-Semitic attacks were fighting to survive. “Ochberg’s Orphans” chronicles a South African businessman’s heroic efforts to save them. 35mm. 40 mins.

Directed and produced by Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham, Bonni Cohen
“The Rape of Europa” tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe’s art treasures during the Third Reich and World War II. 35mm. 117 mins.

The series will continue with the following films:

Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m.
Darfur Now
The Devil Came on Horseback

Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m.
Portraits of a Lady
A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman

Wednesday, May 13, at 7 p.m.
Operation Homecoming : Writing the Wartime Experience
Body of War

Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m.
Lake of Fire

Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m.
Salim Baba
Please Vote for Me
My Kid Could Paint That

Admission is free
Doors open at 6 p.m.
All seating is unreserved
For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit

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