From an original field of 125, which was culled to 15 and now the final five by the documentary branch committee.
"5 Broken Cameras"
Directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi.
Synopsis - A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.
Directed by Dror Moreh.
Synopsis - The filmmaker interviews six former heads of the Shin Bet, the Israeli intelligence service. The interviews paint a picture of the security situation Israel is facing and the decisions it has made in its conflict with the Palestinians.
"How to Survive a Plague"
Directed by David France.
Synopsis - The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.
"The Invisible War"
Directed by Kirby Dick.
Synopsis - An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.
"Searching for Sugar Man"
Directed by Malik Bendjelloul.
Synopsis - Documentary about the journey of two South Africans to discover the fate of their hero, American musician Rodriguez.
Of these directors, only Dick has contended at the Oscars before in 2004 for "Twist of Faith."