…and hot-button issues, that’s what this year’s Best Feature Documentary films are made of. Here’s the very serious Oscar shortlist:
"Autism: The Musical"
"Body of War"
"For the Bible Tells Me So"
"Lake of Fire"
"No End in Sight"
"Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience"
"Please Vote for Me"
"The Price of Sugar"
"A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman"
"The Rape of Europa"
"Taxi to the Dark Side"
"White Light/Black Rain"
Iraq war themes are dominant this year, being central to at least four of the above films by our count, though we have to give a nod to a surprise comeback from World War II, atrocities from which have spurred into existence three of this year’s titles. Way to have staying power, WWII!
So, no "In the Shadow of the Moon," despite the astronomically (hyuck!) good reviews the astronaut doc received. No "God Grew Tired of Us" â€” the Lost Boys of Sudan being a bit 2003. And no "Into Great Silence," though that’s not a shocker â€” Philip GrÃ¶ning‘s near-silent, meditative examination of monastic life is far artier than is this category’s usual skew.
+ 15 Docs Move Ahead in 2007 OscarÂ® Race (Oscars.org)