Eight documentary short films have been selected for the 2013 Oscars shortlist, of which three to five will earn nominations. Full list below.
The doc subjects range from a portrait of an anti-Islamic preacher ("The Education of Mohammed Hussein") to a Florida retirement community ("Kings Point"); from a Long Island hair salon that sets aside one day a month to serve women with cancer ("Mondays at Racine") to Rwandan children in need of heart transplants ("Open Heart").
Filmmakers with past Oscar nominations or wins make up a good percentage of this year's shortlist, including "Detropia" filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (nominated for "Jesus Camp"), Sean Fine (for "War/Dance") and Sari Gilman (for "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib"). Cynthia Wade won the Oscar in 2007 for "Freeheld."