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'SHOULD WIN' VIDEO ESSAY SERIES: Best Documentary, UNDEFEATED

Documentaries are as close to pure cinema as we have yet to get to. They tell our stories. The stories of those we don't know. They have the capability of breaking the fourth wall without winking at the audience. And sometimes they can make our chests swell with that uncommon feeling of humility. From the trials and tribulations of a radical environmental group in "If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" to the long gestating murder trial of the West Memphis Three in "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory," audiences in 2011 had plenty of riveting non-fiction content to choose from. And although the Academy "has" to go with big topic documentaries as the night's big winner, I can't help but feel shorted on what the Academy could've inspired by honoring more innovative and, for lack of a better word, "timeless" content.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • February 14, 2012 9:35 AM
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