Academy Docs Spotlight Survival Stories from the War on Terror
Oscar®-nominated documentary short subjects “Poster Girl” and “Killing in the Name” and the documentary feature “Quest for Honor” will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 30th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free.
Directed by Sara Nesson, who produced the film with Mitchell W. Block, “Poster Girl” follows former cheerleader and ARMY magazine cover subject Robynn Murray as she deals with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder following her return from Iraq. The film earned a 2010 Academy Award® nomination for Documentary Short Subject. Block will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.
“Killing in the Name” tells the story of Ashraf, a man who has devoted his life to opposing terrorism within the Muslim community since a suicide bomber killed 27 members of his family on his wedding day. Directed by Jed Rothstein, who produced the film with Liz Garbus and Rory Kennedy, “Killing in the Name” earned a 2010 Academy Award nomination for Documentary Short Subject. Co-producer Jessica Van Garsse will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.
Directed by Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, who produced the film with Lawrence Taub, “Quest for Honor” examines the practice of “honor killing,” which persists in Iraqi Kurdistan and is often condoned or ignored by local officials. Runak Faraj, the head of the Women’s Media Center in Suleymaniyah, Iraq, probes the death of a widow at odds with her in-laws, and the shooting of a woman who has fled her family. Bruni will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.
The 30th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series continues through May 30, showcasing feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2010 Academy Award nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.
All films will screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. All seating is unreserved. The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible.
The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue). For additional information, visit www.oscars.org or call (310) 247-3600.